mate-riel

matériel

[muh-teer-ee-el]
noun
1.
the aggregate of things used or needed in any business, undertaking, or operation (distinguished from personnel ).
2.
Military. arms, ammunition, and equipment in general.
Also, materiel.


Origin:
1805–15; < French; see material

material, matériel.
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materiel or matériel (məˌtɪərɪˈɛl)
 
n
Compare personnel the materials and equipment of an organization, esp of a military force
 
[C19: from French: material]
 
matériel or matériel
 
n
 
[C19: from French: material]

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materiel
1814, from Fr. matériel "material," from O.Fr. materiel (adj.), from L. materialis "of matter," from materia "substance" (see matter). A later borrowing of the same word that became material.
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