Definition of materiel in English:



mass noun
  • Military materials and equipment.

    ‘the shipping of materiel south into the battle zone’
    • ‘The offensive materiel will have gone, with heavy weaponry no longer of any real practical military use now either.’
    • ‘Force structure, doctrine, materiel and training must all adapt to the change.’
    • ‘Doing so can be characterized as actions against people and materiel.’
    • ‘By 1919 their superiority in both men and materiel would be enormous, and Allied staff officers began to plan a great offensive for that year.’
    • ‘It was due to supply the forces with weapons, ammunition, and other materiel.’
    • ‘The mission is to destroy armoured and unarmored combat materiel, low and slow airborne vehicles and other targets.’
    • ‘The goal was to have medical units deploy with their required materiel and equipment.’
    • ‘Additional stocks of ammunition, food, medicines, and other materiel are created at strongholds.’
    • ‘At the end of the Battle of Verdun, the French emerged victorious, though at a huge cost in human lives and materiel.’
    • ‘The air-drop equipment is intended to air drop paratroopers, materiel and cargo.’
    • ‘It also made impossible to timely form attack forces and provide them with essential supplies and materiel.’
    • ‘Further automatization of the system of command and control of troops and materiel will also produce a great impact on tactics.’
    • ‘In each case, equipment and materiel will be pre-positioned in several places around the world.’
    • ‘Military materiel is landed via a bow ramp and also via assault boats through the doors of the flooded well.’
    • ‘Limits include time, manpower, materiel, and a host of other factors.’
    • ‘The combatant commander is responsible for the flow of equipment, personnel, and materiel into his theater.’
    • ‘The rear cargo deck accommodates the transport of troops and/or materiel.’
    • ‘A survey in one formation discovered 70 unauthorised modifications to materiel.’
    • ‘There weren't enough people to handle this flow, and, in the end, we sent far more materiel to the theater than we needed.’
    • ‘This materiel enabled U.S. forces to survive during the first critical weeks of the operation.’
    equipment, apparatus, paraphernalia, articles, appliances, impedimenta
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Early 19th century: from French matériel, adjective (used as a noun).