A motherboard and a graphics processor? Duct tape? A circular saw? A solar panel? Depending on what you’re up to, all these things can be considered equipment, which is whatever you need to complete a task.

Right away you probably notice that a big chunk of the word equipment is made up of another word, the common verb equip — meaning "to provide someone with the tools they need for a specific task." Add equip to -ment (the suffix of choice when you want to turn a verb into a noun) and voilà! Like magic, the verb changes into a noun, and you end up with equipment: the materials you get when you are equipped to do a particular thing.

Definitions of equipment
  1. noun
    an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
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    apparatus, setup
    equipment designed to serve a specific function
    equipment used to achieve automatic control or operation
    cooling system, engine cooling system
    equipment in a motor vehicle that cools the engine
    electrical system
    equipment in a motor vehicle that provides electricity to start the engine and ignite the fuel and operate the lights and windshield wiper and heater and air conditioner and radio
    electronic equipment, electronics
    equipment that involves the controlled conduction of electrons (especially in a gas or vacuum or semiconductor)
    fuel system
    equipment in a motor vehicle or aircraft that delivers fuel to the engine
    game equipment
    equipment or apparatus used in playing a game
    appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
    life support, life-support system
    medical equipment that assists or replaces important bodily functions and so enables a patient to live who otherwise might not survive
    life support, life-support system
    equipment that makes life possible in otherwise deadly environmental conditions
    things needed for doing or making something
    equipage, materiel
    equipment and supplies of a military force
    naval equipment
    equipment for a navy
    photographic equipment
    equipment used by a photographer
    radiotherapy equipment
    equipment used to treat diseases with x-rays or radioactivity
    recorder, recording equipment, recording machine
    equipment for making records
    rescue equipment
    equipment used to rescue passengers in case of emergency
    robotics equipment
    equipment used in robotics
    artificial satellite, orbiter, satellite
    man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
    sports equipment
    equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
    any equipment constantly used as part of a profession or occupation
    teaching aid
    materials and equipment used in teaching
    test equipment
    equipment required to perform a test
    an additional piece of equipment used for some activity
    an apparatus for exposing something to the air (as sewage)
    electronic equipment that increases strength of signals passing through it
    astronomy satellite
    a satellite equipped with a telescope to observe infrared radiation
    audio system, sound system
    a system of electronic equipment for recording or reproducing sound
    audiovisual, audiovisual aid
    materials using sight or sound to present information
    backboard, basketball backboard
    a raised vertical board with basket attached; used to play basketball
    badminton equipment
    equipment for playing the game of badminton
    the portable equipment and supplies of an army
    round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games
    baseball equipment
    equipment used in playing baseball
    basketball equipment
    sports equipment used in playing basketball
    black box
    equipment that records information about the performance of an aircraft during flight
    bowling equipment
    equipment used in bowling
    boxing equipment
    equipment used in boxing
    an apparatus for burning fuel (or refuse)
    camera, photographic camera
    equipment for taking photographs (usually consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end and light-sensitive film at the other)
    cascade liquefier
    an apparatus used to liquefy air or oxygen etc.
    cassette player
    electronic equipment for playing cassettes
    cassette recorder
    a recorder for recording or playing cassettes
    CD player
    a stand-alone piece of electronic equipment that either has its own display or attaches to a television set
    C.P.U., CPU, central processing unit, central processor, mainframe, processor
    (computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing
    centrifuge, extractor, separator
    an apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension
    chemical reactor
    an apparatus for holding substances that are undergoing a chemical reaction
    electronic equipment consisting of a system of circuits
    photographic equipment used to synchronize sound and motion picture; boards held in front of a movie camera are banged together
    communications satellite
    an artificial satellite that relays signals back to earth; moves in a geostationary orbit
    CD burner, compact-disk burner
    recording equipment for making compact disks
    an apparatus that converts vapor into liquid
    game equipment (as a piece of wood, plastic, or ivory) used for keeping a count or reserving a space in various card or board games
    cricket equipment
    sports equipment used in playing cricket
    croquet equipment
    sports equipment used in playing croquet
    game equipment consisting of a horizontal bar to be jumped or vaulted over
    electronic equipment that detects the presence of radio signals or radioactivity
    photographic equipment consisting of a chemical solution for developing film
    discus, saucer
    a disk used in throwing competitions
    copier, duplicator
    apparatus that makes copies of typed, written or drawn material
    an apparatus for the electrical transmission of pictures
    photographic equipment consisting of an optical projector used to enlarge a photograph
    equaliser, equalizer
    electronic equipment that reduces frequency distortion
    fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, rig, tackle
    gear used in fishing
    flash, flash bulb, flash lamp, flashbulb, flashgun, photoflash
    a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
    the game equipment needed in order to play a particular game
    an apparatus that produces a vapor or gas
    game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
    golf equipment
    sports equipment used in playing golf
    exerciser, gymnastic apparatus
    sports equipment used in gymnastic exercises
    a heavy metal sphere attached to a flexible wire; used in the hammer throw
    heat pump
    apparatus that extracts heat from a liquid that is at a higher temperature than its surroundings; can be used to transfer heat from a reservoir outside in order to heat a building
    an apparatus for sending telegraphic messages by using a mirror to turn the sun's rays off and on
    game equipment consisting of an open ring of iron used in playing horseshoes
    brooder, incubator
    apparatus consisting of a box designed to maintain a constant temperature by the use of a thermostat; used for chicks or premature infants
    medical apparatus that puts a liquid into a cavity drop by drop
    jack, jackstones
    game equipment consisting of one of several small six-pointed metal pieces that are picked up while bouncing a ball in the game of jacks
    a spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
    Kipp's apparatus
    a laboratory apparatus for producing a gas (usually hydrogen sulfide) by the action of a liquid on a solid without heating
    kit, outfit
    gear consisting of a set of articles or tools for a specified purpose
    electron lens, lens
    electronic equipment that uses a magnetic or electric field in order to focus a beam of electrons
    flotation device, life preserver, preserver
    rescue equipment consisting of a buoyant belt or jacket to keep a person from drowning
    apparatus for supplying artificial light effects for the stage or a film
    exposure meter, light meter, photometer
    photographic equipment that measures the intensity of light
    magnetic recorder
    recorder consisting of equipment for making records on magnetic media
    man, piece
    game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
    marching order
    equipage for marching
    gym mat, mat
    sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor for gymnastic sports
    electronic equipment that mixes two or more input signals to give a single output signal
    (from a combination of MOdulate and DEModulate) electronic equipment consisting of a device used to connect computers by a telephone line
    a piece of electronic equipment that keeps track of the operation of a system continuously and warns of trouble
    electronic equipment that is used to check the quality or content of electronic transmissions
    gumshield, mouthpiece
    (especially boxing) equipment that protects an athlete's mouth
    multichannel recorder
    a recorder with two or more channels; makes continuous records of two or more signals simultaneously
    naval radar
    naval equipment consisting of a shipboard radar
    game equipment consisting of a strip of netting dividing the playing area in tennis or badminton
    nuclear reactor, reactor
    (physics) any of several kinds of apparatus that maintain and control a nuclear reaction for the production of energy or artificial elements
    auxiliary equipment, off-line equipment
    electronic equipment not in direct communication (or under the control of) the central processing unit
    optical bench
    apparatus for observation and measurement of optical phenomena
    a device for making a record of the wave forms of fluctuating voltages or currents
    CRO, cathode-ray oscilloscope, oscilloscope, scope
    electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities
    material used to make packages
    paintball gun
    an air gun used in the game of paintball; designed to simulate a semiautomatic
    chute, parachute
    rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall
    an apparatus consisting of an object mounted so that it swings freely under the influence of gravity
    computer peripheral, peripheral, peripheral device
    (computer science) electronic equipment connected by cable to the CPU of a computer
    photographic material, photographic paper
    light-sensitive paper on which photograph can be printed
    pin table, pinball machine
    game equipment on which pinball is played
    electronic equipment comprising the part of a tape recorder that reproduces the recorded material
    billiard table, pool table, snooker table
    game equipment consisting of a heavy table on which pool is played
    an apparatus for removing impurities
    game equipment consisting of a ring of iron or circle of rope used in playing the game of quoits
    radio-gramophone, radio-phonograph
    electronic equipment consisting of a combination of a radio receiver and a record player
    material for making rails or rails collectively
    an apparatus that reforms the molecular structure of hydrocarbons to produce richer fuel
    paraphernalia indicative of royalty (or other high office)
    gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise
    rigging, tackle
    gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails
    material used to construct a roof
    roulette wheel, wheel
    game equipment consisting of a wheel with slots that is used for gambling; the wheel rotates horizontally and players bet on which slot the roulette ball will stop in
    electronic equipment that makes speech unintelligible during transmission and restores it at reception
    an apparatus for visual signaling with lights or mechanically moving arms
    a measuring instrument for measuring the light sensitivity of film over a range of exposures
    sequenator, sequencer
    (chemistry) an apparatus that can determine the sequence of monomers in a polymer
    any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals
    shipboard system
    a system designed to work as a coherent entity on board a naval ship
    sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put
    sports equipment that is worn on the feet to enable the wearer to glide along and to be propelled by the alternate actions of the legs
    soda fountain
    an apparatus for dispensing soda water
    ballistic capsule, space vehicle, spacecraft
    a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun
    space laboratory, space platform, space station
    a manned artificial satellite in a fixed orbit designed for scientific research
    sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes
    board game equipment that consists of a dial and an arrow that is spun to determine the next move in the game
    sporting goods
    sports equipment sold as a commodity
    a Russian artificial satellite
    spy satellite
    a satellite with sensors to detect nuclear explosions
    saddlery, stable gear, tack
    gear for a horse
    a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball
    an apparatus used for the distillation of liquids; consists of a vessel in which a substance is vaporized by heat and a condenser where the vapor is condensed
    an apparatus intended for use under water
    tape deck
    electronic equipment for making or playing magnetic tapes (but without amplifiers or speakers); a component in an audio system
    tape player
    electronic equipment for playing back magnetic tapes
    butt, target
    sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at
    telegraph, telegraphy
    apparatus used to communicate at a distance over a wire (usually in Morse code)
    phone, telephone, telephone set
    electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
    television equipment, video equipment
    electronic equipment that broadcasts or receives electromagnetic waves representing images and sound
    electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access to a computer; has a keyboard and display
    an apparatus for performing a titration
    meteorological satellite, weather satellite
    a satellite that transmits frequent picture of the earth below
    exercising weight, free weight, weight
    sports equipment used in calisthenic exercises and weightlifting; it is not attached to anything and is raised and lowered by use of the hands and arms
    X-ray machine
    an apparatus that provides a source of X rays
    type of:
    instrumentality, instrumentation
    an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
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