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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Prior to that, Spyglass had brokered a deal with the University of Illinois to license Mosaic and its underlying technology, created at the university's National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Later, Navigator: How Netscape Won and Then Lost the World Wide Web," 4 Apr. 2019 There are dozens of fields of study in fields including: graphic design, bridal consulting, cosmetology, surgical technology, personal training, massage therapy, dental hygiene, video game design and much more. Teen Vogue, "What To Do After High School: 9 Things To Do Besides College," 4 Apr. 2019 All too often, the answers to these questions are yes, which is why tanning expert Jules Von Hep founded Isle of Paradise, a line of self-tanners with color-corrective technology (and without harsh synthetic ingredients). Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Exclusive: Isle of Paradise Launches Its First Clear Tanning Mousse, and I Got to Try It," 1 Apr. 2019 But studies on these technologies have been limited in scope. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "Vaginal Rejuvenation Is on the Rise, But the Results Often Don't Live Up to the Hype," 27 Mar. 2019 This would, in retrospect, have been a big mistake, since the technology was fake. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There never were any “adults in the room”," 21 Dec. 2018 That can lead to disillusionment when the reality sinks in that the technology just isn’t appropriate for the majority of games right now. Sam Byford, The Verge, "PlayStation VR has had a quietly awesome year," 20 Dec. 2018 Clever start-ups have taken the technology out of the doctor's office and turned them into the next luxury service. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "I Tried a Glow-Boosting IV Treatment to See If It'd Give Me Better Skin," 30 Nov. 2018 No other car maker is betting anything like this kind of money on the new technology. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s Costly Bet on Electric Cars," 12 Mar. 2019

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

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