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(See the entry for equip in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
From French équiper (“to supply, fit out”), originally said of a ship, Old French esquiper (“to embark”); of Germanic origin, most probably from Proto-Germanic *skipōną (“to ship, sail, embark”); akin to Gothic 𐍃𐌺𐌹𐍀 (skip, “ship”). Compare with Old High German scif, German Schiff, Icelandic skip, Old English scip (“ship”), Old Norse skipja (“to fit out a ship”). See ship.
Meanings of its derivative "equipage" may have been influenced by Latin equus = "horse".
- (transitive) To furnish for service, or against a need or exigency; to fit out; to supply with whatever is necessary to efficient action in any way; to provide with arms or an armament, stores, munitions, rigging, etc.; -- said especially of ships and of troops.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?).
- Gave orders for equipping a considerable fleet. (Can we date this quote by Ludlow?)
- (transitive) To dress up; to array; accouter.
- The country are led astray in following the town, and equipped in a ridiculous habit, when they fancy themselves in the height of the mode. (Can we date this quote by Addison?)
- (transitive) To prepare (someone) with a skill
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equip m (plural equips)