noun \tek-ˈnä-lə-jē\

: the use of science in industry, engineering, etc., to invent useful things or to solve problems

: a machine, piece of equipment, method, etc., that is created by technology

plural tech·nol·o·gies

Full Definition of TECHNOLOGY

a :  the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area :  engineering 2 <medical technology>
b :  a capability given by the practical application of knowledge <a car's fuel-saving technology>
:  a manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge <new technologies for information storage>
:  the specialized aspects of a particular field of endeavor <educational technology>
tech·nol·o·gist \-jist\ noun

Examples of TECHNOLOGY

  1. Recent advances in medical technology have saved countless lives.
  2. The company is on the cutting edge of technology.
  3. The government is developing innovative technologies to improve the safety of its soldiers.
  4. How can we apply this new technology to our everyday lives?
  5. The car has the latest in fuel-saving technology.
  6. One by one, the pieces take flight: a parachute, the stowed Martian balloon—a Montgolfiere hot-air type, named for the French brothers who pioneered the technology in 1782—and a sensor package with guidance system, radio transmitter, and video camera. —Joe Pappalardo, Air & Space, June/July 2006


Greek technologia systematic treatment of an art, from technē art, skill + -o- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 1859


noun \-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural tech·nol·o·gies

Medical Definition of TECHNOLOGY

: the science of the application of knowledge to practical purposes : applied science
: a scientific method of achieving a practical purpose
tech·no·log·i·cal \ˌtek-nə-ˈläj-i-kəl\ also tech·no·log·ic \-ik\ adjective


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Application of knowledge to the practical aims of human life or to changing and manipulating the human environment. Technology includes the use of materials, tools, techniques, and sources of power to make life easier or more pleasant and work more productive. Whereas science is concerned with how and why things happen, technology focuses on making things happen. Technology began to influence human endeavour as soon as people began using tools. It accelerated with the Industrial Revolution and the substitution of machines for animal and human labour. Accelerated technological development has also had costs, in terms of air and water pollution and other undesirable environmental effects.


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