materiel, matériel, material
Materiel or matériel refers to the equipment, apparatus and supplies (as distinct from personnel) of an organization, especially the military. Materiel and matériel do not require italics.
- Canadian Forces personnel and materiel were greatly appreciated during the Manitoba floods.
- Which do you need more urgently: troops or matériel?
In all other contexts, material is the appropriate choice.
- Thanks to public donations, the refugees’ material needs have been met.
- What kind of material is Francine’s suit made of?
- Once Rudy has the raw materials, he will build a greenhouse.
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