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 Gottfurcht and Jackson have harnessed the tradecraft into Cyber Dive’s technology and user-friendly app that allows parents to monitor their children’s social media. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2021 Yet no evidence has been offered to indicate that this new program will improve recycling technology, permit local tax relief, or reduce the amount of trash in landfills, as EPR proponents claim. Patrick Gleason, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Auto insurers are racing to offer policies that track customers’ actual driving patterns, relying on technology from companies such as Cambridge Mobile, TrueMotion, and Arity, a five-year-old startup created by Allstate. BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2021 As MySmartPrice explains, Google might have technology in place to help with Tivoli. Chris Smith, BGR, 17 June 2021 Critics have assailed the firm for providing technology used in Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation efforts. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 It’s now home to restaurant La Cuchara restaurant, Stone Mill Bakery, consulting firms, design and technology companies and nonprofits. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, 17 June 2021 Experts agree there is no quick fix, no single building code or warning system that will work across the board, but emerging research and technology can build the foundation for a safer future, Levitan said. Melissa Brown, USA Today, 17 June 2021 But Gould proved at least that an existence heavily mediated by technology is not non-existence. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 17 June 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 19 Jun. 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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