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[ih-kwip-muh nt]
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  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.
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Origin of equipment

First recorded in 1710–20; equip + -ment
Related formspre·e·quip·ment, nounre·e·quip·ment, noun


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1. apparatus, paraphernalia, accouterment.
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Examples from the Web for equipments

Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for equipments


  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



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

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