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[ih-kwip-muh nt] /ɪˈkwɪp mənt/
anything kept, furnished, or provided for a specific purpose.
the act of equipping a person or thing.
the state of being equipped.
the personal knowledge and skill required for a task, occupation, etc.:
He has the necessary equipment for law.
the rolling stock of a railroad.
Origin of equipment
First recorded in 1710-20; equip + -ment
Related forms
preequipment, noun
reequipment, noun
1. apparatus, paraphernalia, accouterment. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Bushnell also took care to look after the horses and equipments himself.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • He wanted to give me money from his private purse to replace my equipments.

  • The equipments of the last named, especially, are of a very high order.

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • Each of them had two sporting pieces, and all the equipments of a hunter.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • The cost of the building, including the equipments, amounted to about $11,200.

  • Abel did not forget his message with reference to the equipments of the dead mustang.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The whole are then examined as to the condition of their clothing and equipments.

  • They would keep their rifles at their sides at all times and not remove their equipments.

  • The arms and equipments of these warrior men were like those of the white hunters.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • He differed from all the rest in dress, in equipments, in the colour of his skin.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for equipments


an act or instance of equipping
the items so provided
a set of tools, devices, kit, etc, assembled for a specific purpose, such as a soldier's kit and weapons
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Word Origin and History for equipments



1717, "things equipped;" 1748, "action of equipping;" from equip + -ment, or from French équipement. Superseding earlier equipage.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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