technology

noun
tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \ tek-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce technology (audio) \
plural technologies

Definition of technology

1a : the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area : engineering sense 2 medical technology
b : a capability given by the practical application of knowledge a car's fuel-saving technology
2 : a manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge new technologies for information storage
3 : the specialized aspects of a particular field of endeavor educational technology

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Other Words from technology

technologist \ tek-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce technology (audio) \ noun

Examples of technology in a Sentence

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 There's no question the industry has been subjected to a great deal of competitive pressure over the past decade or so, with promises of more to come as the Internet and wireless technology transform the way Americans receive news and information. Wall Street Journal, 14 Mar. 2006 The rapid shift in technology over the last 10 years has created an entirely new world in which viruses can replicate. While in 1989, viruses were primarily spread by "sneakernet," as users walked diskettes from machine to machine, modern viruses … are capable of spreading around the world in the blink of a digital eye. — Sarah Gordon, Information Security, November 1999 … all technology and energy revving up for the greatest clash of arms in history. — William Styron, This Quiet Dust And Other Writings, (1953) 1982 Recent advances in medical technology have saved countless lives. The company is on the cutting edge of technology. The government is developing innovative technologies to improve the safety of its soldiers. How can we apply this new technology to our everyday lives? The car has the latest in fuel-saving technology.
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Recent Examples on the Web The AstraZeneca shot uses a viral-vector technology similar to the Johnson & Johnson shot. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "AstraZeneca Struggles With Data Needed for Covid-19 Vaccine’s Approval," 29 Apr. 2021 This is the first technology that forces developers to ask for permission before tracking users. Chris Smith, BGR, "3 things you haven’t tried to fix Apple’s new anti-tracking feature on your iPhone," 29 Apr. 2021 Sure, fiber is the latest and greatest broadband technology, offering tremendous speeds. Doug Brake, National Review, "Biden’s Broadband Boondoggle," 29 Apr. 2021 These vaccines harness a new technology that has been wildly successful. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, "Can the pandemic-induced collaboration among health care companies have a real impact on inequality?," 29 Apr. 2021 Just as my mother’s driving was a gateway many years ago, so is internet technology today. Kim Keenan, Essence, "President Biden, Make Sure Women Have the Internet," 29 Apr. 2021 Examples might include a sales rep’s understanding of a technical spec, which leads to selling features and benefits of a certain technology. Scott Edinger, Forbes, "The Future Of The Solution Sale," 28 Apr. 2021 At their core, NFTs are merely a technology used to authenticate an object. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why Warriors are the first professional sports team to get into NFTs," 28 Apr. 2021 John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Gloria Browne-Marshall said body-camera footage is crucial technology in Brown's case and many others, just to establish a baseline of facts. NBC News, "N.C. judge rejects bid for public release of bodycam videos in Andrew Brown Jr. shooting," 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of technology

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for technology

earlier, "treatise on an art, terminology, branch of knowledge dealing with the applied arts," borrowed from New Latin technologia "systematic treatment (of grammar or rhetoric), systematic description of the arts and sciences," borrowed from Greek technología "systematic treatment (of grammar or rhetoric)," from téchnē "art, craft, proficiency in an art or craft, systematic method of performing or engaging in an art" + -o- -o- + -logia -logy — more at technical entry 1

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The first known use of technology was in 1829

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“Technology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technology. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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technology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of technology

: 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

technology

noun
tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \ tek-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce technology (audio) \
plural technologies

Kids Definition of technology

1 : the use of science in solving problems (as in industry or engineering)
2 : a method of or machine for doing something that is created by technology

technology

noun
tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \ -jē How to pronounce technology (audio) \
plural technologies

Medical Definition of technology

1 : the science of the application of knowledge to practical purposes : applied science
2 : a scientific method of achieving a practical purpose

Other Words from technology

technological \ ˌtek-​nə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce technology (audio) \ also technologic \ -​ik How to pronounce technology (audio) \ adjective

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