tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \tek-ˈnä-lə-jē \
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 \ 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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This is not the first time Apple has come to a new wireless technology late. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple will skip 5G in 2019, report says," 3 Dec. 2018 Mongolia has always been a leader with the technology, accepting What3Words addresses for mail delivery as early as 2016. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "You'll Need a Reindeer to Get to This Airbnb in Mongolia," 19 Nov. 2018 For all its potential ills, technology can be a beautiful thing. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "8 Signs a Sex Therapist Might Improve Your Life (and How to Find One)," 26 Oct. 2018 Miller, 40, is the Chairman and CEO of Cali Group, which focuses on bringing new technology to restaurants and retail businesses. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Garner Reportedly Has a New Boyfriend Following Her Divorce from Ben Affleck," 24 Oct. 2018 The display can blast out up to 400 nits, even with the new 1-watt panel technology—a huge deal, and one of the most important announcements to come out of Computex this year. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) hands on: 'Whiskey Lake' power sits alongside 22 hours of battery life," 23 Oct. 2018 But this is 2018, and thanks to technology, times are even better. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Girl Recreated The 'Practical Magic' House On The Sims And It's Insane," 11 Oct. 2018 Each piece of new technology in our lives has come with a corresponding security risk. The Editors, Town & Country, "Fraud Alert: The T&C Guide to Fakes, Grifters, Hoaxes, and Humbugs," 18 Sep. 2018 Allowing larger wings and a higher speed could get that efficiency up to five percent without any changes to the underlying technology. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ion drive meets drone, as small plane flies with no moving parts," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of technology

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for technology

Greek technologia systematic treatment of an art, from technē art, skill + -o- + -logia -logy

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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


tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \tek-ˈnä-lə-jē \
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


tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \-jē \
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 \ also technologic \-​ik \ adjective

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