technology

noun
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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Razer HyperSense Razer wants to bring immersion to your peripherals too, using a technology sorely underutilized on PCs: haptic feedback. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019 Saunas using infrared technology are another big trend. SELF, "Does the Steam Room at the Gym Actually Do Anything?," 4 Jan. 2019 Using punch card technology originally designed for census-taking, the Nazi infrastructure of death was able to take on an infamous efficiency. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Study Shows Precisely How Nazi Infrastructure Enabled the Worst of the Holocaust," 2 Jan. 2019 Telehealth, using technology to consult a doctor virtually, could also become an increasingly essential tool. Barbara Brody, Glamour, "The Ob-Gyn Shortage Is Real—And It Might Impact Your Care," 14 Nov. 2018 In 1949, Soviet designers proposed a submarine that incorporated a number of these technologies. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The USSR Planned a Super Sub That Launched Rockets and Delivered Tanks," 27 Dec. 2018 Clear, a biometric technology company, is now in more than 25 U.S. airports and has partnered with Hertz to speed up car rental pickup and with Delta for quick entry to its airport lounges with a thumbprint ID. Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 Qualcomm Connectivity: Improvements beyond just 5G Keith Kressin, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm, suggested that every generation of wireless technology took a decade to develop. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018 Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. Fox News, "NYPD pulls 3,000 body cams off street after one exploded," 22 Oct. 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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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 \
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 \
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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