the aggregate of things used or needed in any business, undertaking, or operation (distinguished from personnel ).
Military. arms, ammunition, and equipment in general.
Also, materiel.

1805–15; < French; see material

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

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Let's outlaw all weapons and destroy all our war materiel, so no one can be shot or blown up or killed in war.
Commentators ignore the immense military use of materiel better used for peaceful purposes.
Facts are mere materiel meant to be invented, discarded, smelted and recast in service of the cause.
In less dramatic cases, matériel gets ditched simply because the cost to ship it home is too great.
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