One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1archaic mass noun The equipment for a particular purpose.
equipment, apparatus, paraphernalia, articles, appliances, impedimentaView synonyms
- ‘Such equipages m the rococo taste of the middle decades of the eighteenth century were meant to entice avaricious consumers of means with their mixture of scrollwork, exoticism, and fancy.’
- ‘Here the figures represent the epitome of gracious sobriety stylishly dressed and enjoying the ritual of afternoon tea served by a servant at a table set with all the tea equipage of a fashionable household.’
- ‘However, despite the need for communications relief, which is forecast to become urgent by that time, the FAA insists that operator avionics equipage will be voluntary.’
- ‘Mostly we clashed with Stoneman's Federal cavalry corps, who had finally the horses, troopers, and equipage to equal our own.’
- ‘The large herd of camels, the Afghans, of whom there are 68, in their diversified and picturesque costumes, the camp-fires, and Oriental camp equipage made up a novel scene.’
- ‘‘He is certainly a man of consequence,’ replied Katherine, her nose pressed right up against the glass, ‘but I do not know his equipage.’’
- ‘It is a remarkable success story in terms of trade, but the people who had most reason to feel thankful were the artisans and craftsmen commissioned to supply the attendant equipage.’
- ‘A complete, printed record of a Georgian officer's camp equipage has been preserved and gives a rare account of sixty-two effects.’
- ‘You need a high percentage of equipage and trained crews to use the technology.’
- ‘The idea is to incorporate these nanomaterials and nanodevices into the future soldier's uniform, and associated equipage like helmets and gloves,’ Thomas said.’
- ‘An idiosyncratic use of spacing and punctuation has been part of this writer's equipage for several books, but here she uses these devices more subtly; the use of colons and brackets no longer feels daring, but necessary.’
- ‘Not surprisingly, the storage vessels for tea leaves, produced as part of the tea equipage, became more varied than ever before.’
- ‘I thought it best to leave the heavier equipage there, and try my own luck here - I did not wish to inconvenience anyone by awaking the whole household.’
- ‘To the front of the composition is a young page serving tea from what is probably the earliest complete depiction of a tea table with all its attendant equipage.’
- ‘Under the provisions of the official army regulations, Quartermaster General Myers and company were charged with ‘providing transportation for troops and all army stores, equipage, and supplies.’’
- ‘Maithris also looked around in alarm at the clattering of armor and equipage and her ears went back at the sight of a squad of armed infantry making a beeline for us.’
- ‘Fortunately the day was overcast, so we didn't have a scorching sun in which to carry around tiny twins and all their essential equipment, apparatuses, impedimenta, equipage and whatnot.’
- ‘The show is arranged according to form and function: lighting devices, dining wares, drinking vessels, coffee and tea equipage, household and personal accessories, and religious objects.’
2historical A carriage and horses with attendants.
- ‘The colonel also kept a splendid riding equipage.’
- ‘The Boston riding equipage was presented to General Pierce at Willard's this morning.’
Mid 16th century (denoting the crew of a ship): from French équipage, from équiper ‘equip’.
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