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

n an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service

either of two Soviet space stations launched in the 1970s
United States space station; in orbit from 1973 to 1979
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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
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 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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