/ ɪˈkwɪpmənt; NAmE / noun [ U ]
the things that are needed for a particular purpose or activity :
a useful piece of equipment for the kitchen
new equipment for the sports club
the process of providing a place or person with necessary things :
The equipment of the photographic studio was expensive.
material ♦ gear ♦ kit ♦ apparatus
These are all words for the things that you need for a particular purpose or activity.
the things that are needed for a particular purpose or activity:
a piece of equipment
things that are needed for a particular activity:
household cleaning materials
equipment or material?
Equipment is usually solid things, especially large ones. Materials may be liquids, powders or books, CDs, etc. containing information, as well as small solid items.
the equipment or clothes needed for a particular activity:
Skiing gear can be expensive.
a set of tools or equipment that you use for a particular purpose:
a first-aid kit
a tool kit
the tools or other pieces of equipment that are needed for a particular activity or task:
breathing apparatus for firefighters
equipment or apparatus?
Apparatus is used especially for scientific, medical or technical purposes.
PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS :
sports / skiing / camping equipment / gear / kit
household equipment / materials
electrical / electronic equipment / gear / apparatus
medical / breathing equipment / apparatus
a piece of equipment / apparatus
early 18th cent.: from French équipement , from équiper equip.