equip·ment | \ i-ˈkwip-mənt \

Definition of equipment 

1a : the set of articles or physical resources serving to equip a person or thing: such as

(1) : the implements used in an operation or activity : apparatus sports equipment

(2) : all the fixed assets other than land and buildings of a business enterprise

(3) : the rolling stock of a railway

b : a piece of such equipment

2a : the equipping of a person or thing

b : the state of being equipped

3 : mental or emotional traits or resources : endowment

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Examples of equipment in a Sentence

The photographer came early to set up his equipment. I'm looking for a hobby that doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment. an expensive piece of medical equipment Not enough funds were provided for the equipment of the troops.
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Hikers who travel fast-and-light, and a few who often carry heavy climbing equipment to their local crag, loved the Gregory Maven 35 ($160). Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 Each player had to wear diving equipment and make it through a maze of dark waterways. Eddie Pells, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bond between players and coach may have saved Thai boy's lives," 13 July 2018 Rain in the White Mountains is preventing heavy equipment from installing a shock pad and the turf on top of aggregate layers already in place. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU football cancels trip to Camp Tontozona due to field-construction delay," 13 July 2018 LCACs are ship to shore connector vehicles able to transport Marines and equipment from ship-to-shore beyond the horizon. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Navy pushes for more amphibious assault ships," 13 July 2018 Of the total, $94 million would fund new classroom toolkits with devices and classroom equipment for all campuses. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend ISD officials propose $178 million technology package for not-yet-approved school bond election," 13 July 2018 It is considered ‘unusual equipment that might assist him in making a stroke or in his play. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 July 2018 The blaze marked the second time this summer a suspicious fire has destroyed playground equipment at an Anchorage school. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Playground fire at Mountain View school draws arson investigation," 12 July 2018 Individual microphones now cost between 20 cents and 60 cents, says Mike Rosa, an analyst and marketing chief at Applied Materials Inc., which supplies manufacturing equipment to makers of microchips. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "All Ears: Always-On Listening Devices Could Soon Be Everywhere," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of equipment

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of equipment was in 1651

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English Language Learners Definition of equipment

: supplies or tools needed for a special purpose

: the act of equipping someone or something


equip·ment | \ i-ˈkwip-mənt \

Kids Definition of equipment

: supplies or tools needed for a special purpose



Legal Definition of equipment 

: the implements used in an operation or activity specifically, in the Uniform Commercial Code : goods that are not inventory, farm products, or consumer goods

Note: This definition, found in Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, applies to other Code articles as well.

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