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(n.) That in a complex system which constitutes the materials, or instruments employed, in distinction from the personnel, or men; as, the baggage, munitions, provisions, etc., of an army; or the buildings, libraries, and apparatus of a college, in distinction from its officers.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Materiel'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/m/materiel.html. 1828.