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materiel n : equipment and supplies of a military force [syn: equipage]

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Note: This is not standard British English; it is either American English or Military jargon.


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Extensive Definition

Materiel (from the French "matériel" for equipment or hardware, related to the word material) is a term used in English to refer to the equipment and supplies in military and commercial supply chain management.
In a military context, materiel relates to the specific needs of a force to complete a specific mission. The term is also often used in a general sense ("men and materiel") to describe the needs of a functioning army.
Materiel in the commercial distribution context comprises the items being moved by the services of or as the products of the business, as distinct from those involved in operating the business itself.
materiel in French: Matériel
materiel in Swedish: Materiel

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