- the aggregate of things used or needed in any business, undertaking, or operation (distinguished from personnel).
- Military. arms, ammunition, and equipment in general.
Origin of matériel
Examples from the Web for materiel
Contemporary Examples of materiel
Zaharchenko on Friday night projected defiance rather than bravado, no doubt buoyed by the Moscow-sent materiel and fighters.Ukraine Rebels Boast About Troops and Tanks Coming from Russia
August 16, 2014
Once wars start, the materiel is used up pretty quickly—and then needs to be replaced.Shares of defense contractors rise as Syria tensions mount
August 29, 2013
In Afghanistan there is a NATO consensus that withdrawal is not an option and that more men and materiel will need to be deployed.Europe, Be Careful What You Ask For
November 2, 2008
Historical Examples of materiel
Our resources of the materiel of war were well nigh infinite.Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals
William H. Armstrong
You see, Im in charge of materiel procurement for the Major.The Knights of Arthur
It is not with materiel of this kind that war is waged; it is with field pieces.
All our equipage--horses, carts, and the materiel of the camp--had been sold at public auction at Bellevue.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
There had been much doubt among the southern leaders as to the materiel of the western armies, on both sides.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
- the materials and equipment of an organization, esp of a military forceCompare personnel
Word Origin for materiel
1814, from French matériel "material," noun use of adj. matériel (see material (adj.)). A later borrowing of the same word that became material (n.).