equip·​ment | \ i-ˈkwip-mənt How to pronounce equipment (audio) \

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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Its equipment is used by 45 of the 50 biggest global phone carriers. Washington Post, "Facing US ban, Huawei emerging as stronger tech competitor," 17 Sep. 2019 At the same time, PG&E, among other utilities, had incomplete records of where its equipment was buried and imperfect legal records of its easements and franchises, which are rights to encroach on private property. Los Angeles Times, "California bullet train’s mishandling of land deals adds to mounting costs and delays," 16 Sep. 2019 As the Titans ran out onto the field, their pyrotechnic equipment put on a fiery display to help pump up fans ahead of the game. Claudia Harmata,, "The Tennessee Titans Literally Lit Up the Field at Their Home Opener," 16 Sep. 2019 Marvel worked at Walgreens’ warehouse in Woodland, maintaining its equipment and repairing conveyor belts, with excellent performance reviews, the suit said. Bob Egelko,, "Fired Walgreens employee sues — accused of using discriminatory language," 16 Sep. 2019 For instance, agriculture companies could affix sensors to their farming equipment to collect data about their fields and then use A.I. techniques to analyze that data to obtain better crop yields. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Where A.I.’s Next Big Breakthrough May Come From: Eye on A.I.," 10 Sep. 2019 As part of his release from the army, Mathews returned all of his military equipment including his uniform. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Canadian army reservist under investigation for alleged 'racist extremist behavior' reported missing," 6 Sep. 2019 Balls and paddles will be provided for those without their own equipment and later kept in a secured cabinet for anyone wishing to play Saturdays, from 8 to 11 a.m., or from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada pickleball devotees can soon take advantage of home court," 5 Sep. 2019 In addition to serving audiophiles who want to add Sonos to their high-end equipment rather than use the Sonos amps and speakers, the Port, like the Connect, is an ideal match for a record player. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The Sonos One SL trades voice control for a price cut," 5 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce equipment (audio) \

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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