[ ih-kwip-muhnt ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. equip.,
  2. equipage,
  3. equiparation,
  4. equipartition,
  5. equipartition of energy,
  6. equipoise,
  7. equipollent,
  8. equiponderance,
  9. equiponderate,
  10. equipotent

Origin of equipment

First recorded in 1710–20; equip + -ment

Related formspre·e·quip·ment, nounre·e·quip·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for equipment


/ (ɪˈkwɪpmənt) /


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 equipment



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper