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 technologist (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 Huberman said the system combines a department’s own data with analytical technology developed by University of Chicago researchers to flag officers who might need coaching, training or other interventions before discipline is warranted. Washington Post, "Funding for key Minneapolis police initiative falls through," 25 June 2020 Vast night vision camera is an accessory worth consideration — especially if your father’s vehicle happens to be an older model and not equipped with the latest lighting technology like high-intensity xenon or LED headlights. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Gift guide: Father’s Day gear for your favorite auto enthusiast," 19 June 2020 Ultra-wideband is more accurate, but wearable sensors with the technology aren’t available in large numbers. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints," 18 June 2020 Even with new technology, black executives stress the need for human interaction and community outreach to bring more black Americans into the world of mainstream banking, accelerating their moneymaking potential to finally close that wealth gap. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The ‘one transaction’ that could solve the racial wealth gap," 17 June 2020 These civilizations would be about 17,000 light-years away on average, making finding and speaking with them practically impossible with today's technology. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "It's no vaccine, but this is promising," 16 June 2020 The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. Clark Collis, EW.com, "No Time to Die release date moved up," 13 June 2020 Cars and trucks loaded with improved technology are lasting longer, encouraging people to trade in less frequently. Ashton Nichols, Dallas News, "Looking for a new car? It’ll be a summer of incentives at North Texas dealerships," 12 June 2020 Nokia has struggled to keep up with competitors Ericsson AB and Huawei Technologies Co. in the tight race to supply operators around the world with fifth generation mobile technology. Kati Pohjanpalo, Bloomberg.com, "Nokia Continues C-Suite Overhaul With 5G Fortunes at Stake," 11 June 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Technology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technology. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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technology

noun
How to pronounce technology (audio)

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 technological (audio) \ also technologic \ -​ik How to pronounce technologic (audio) \ adjective

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