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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Reducing patient harm will require the ingenuity of American medicine and technology and marshalling resources, expertise, and innovation. Ruth Ann Dorrill, STAT, 18 June 2022 But as global demand for 5G technology expands, the need for enhanced security also increases. Kelly Ahuja, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Headquartered in College Station, TEES specifically focuses on the commercialization of engineering and technology research on cybersecurity, nuclear nonproliferation and artificial intelligence. Neetu Arnold, WSJ, 17 June 2022 DeSantis said this year's state budget includes $3 million specifically for python removal in the Everglades, including technology such as infrared sensors to locate the hard-to-see snakes in the wild. CBS News, 17 June 2022 On the forefront of the flex movement is Northstrat, an information-technology firm with about 100 employees. Beth Decarbo, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 Danielle Abril covers technology and its impact on workers across industries for The Washington Post. Danielle Abril, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2022 Humans waited 65 million years for cloning technology to be advanced enough to re-create dinosaurs from DNA found in mosquitoes preserved in amber. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 17 June 2022 Balter believes crypto’s underlying blockchain technology has the potential to transform how all financial transactions are conducted, and that’s what keeps him optimistic despite the sobering market. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2022 See More

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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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“Technology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technology. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for 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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