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equipment

[ih-kwip-muh nt] /ɪˈkwɪp mənt/
noun
1.
anything kept, furnished, or provided for a specific purpose.
2.
the act of equipping a person or thing.
3.
the state of being equipped.
4.
the personal knowledge and skill required for a task, occupation, etc.:
He has the necessary equipment for law.
5.
the rolling stock of a railroad.
Origin of equipment
1710-1720
First recorded in 1710-20; equip + -ment
Related forms
preequipment, noun
reequipment, noun
Synonyms
1. apparatus, paraphernalia, accouterment.
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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

equipment

/ɪˈkwɪpmənt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of equipping
2.
the items so provided
3.
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

equipment

n.

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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