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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

Synonyms for equipment

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Related Words for equipments

furnishings, material, machinery, apparatus, furniture, belongings, accessories, impedimenta, rig, paraphernalia, things, trappings, store, stock, equipage, provisions, materiel, outfit, tackle, setup

Examples from the Web for equipments

Historical Examples of equipments

  • 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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