ma·​té·​ri·​el | \ mə-ˌtir-ē-ˈel How to pronounce matériel (audio) \
variants: or materiel

Definition of matériel

: equipment, apparatus, and supplies used by an organization or institution

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Examples of matériel in a Sentence

the army is running short of clothing and other matériel
Recent Examples on the Web In 2015, federal authorities broke up a scheme to deliver US airplanes registered through trusts to an Iranian airline that US officials say helps to transport troops and materiel to the brutal regime of Bashar Assad in Syria., "Secrets in the sky," 13 Jan. 2021 Kirtland already houses six Air Force commands, including the global strike, air combat, materiel, education and training, special operations, and space system commands. al, "Space Command HQ: Pentagon to hear New Mexico’s pitch today," 21 Dec. 2020 China would be willing to pay a steeper price for everything from medicine to war materiel. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "The Wan Chai connection: The Washington-accused drug lords, gun runners and dictators' financiers tied to one Hong Kong district," 10 Dec. 2020 The two nations have also signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement, which permits their respective militaries to replenish materiel and fuel from each other’s bases. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, "U.S., India Expected to Sign Military Pact as China Prompts Closer Ties," 25 Oct. 2020 While her husband served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Hamilton’s New York Port of Embarkation, Mrs. Simon worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for two years, helping to ship materiel for the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944. Edward Lee,, "Dorothy Simon, a homemaker turned therapist and mother of former Sun reporter and ‘The Wire’ creator David Simon, dies," 27 Sep. 2020 The courts are ever more packed, and the Pentagon seemed willing to funnel troops and materiel to D.C., then participate in Trump’s political stunt on Monday, which is a bad sign. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "If Trump Goes Even Lower, We’d Better Be Prepared," 3 June 2020 The act was established in 1950 during the Korean War following war powers legislation used during World War II to direct private industry to produce weapons, vehicles and other materiel for war. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Trump invokes wartime authority of Defense Production Act to speed coronavirus aid. What is it?," 18 Mar. 2020 Just over 13,000 of them—not nearly enough for a nationwide pandemic—are reportedly available in the Strategic National Stockpile, a federal reserve of medical equipment and materiel for use in these kinds of emergencies. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Drag Trump Over the Coals," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of matériel

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for matériel

French matériel, from matériel, adjective

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The first known use of matériel was in 1819

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25 Jan 2021

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“Matériel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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: equipment and supplies used by soldiers

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