noun tech·nol·o·gy \ tek-ˈnä-lə-jē \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018
plural technologies
1 a : the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area : engineering 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


play \tek-ˈnä-lə-jist\ noun

Examples of technology in a Sentence

  1. 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 PappalardoAir & SpaceJune/July 2006
  2. 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 Journal14 Mar. 2006
  3. 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 GordonInformation SecurityNovember 1999
  4. … all technology and energy revving up for the greatest clash of arms in history. —William StyronThis Quiet Dust And Other Writings(1953) 1982
  5. Recent advances in medical technology have saved countless lives.

  6. The company is on the cutting edge of technology.

  7. The government is developing innovative technologies to improve the safety of its soldiers.

  8. How can we apply this new technology to our everyday lives?

  9. The car has the latest in fuel-saving technology.

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Origin and Etymology of technology

Greek technologia systematic treatment of an art, from technē art, skill + -o- + -logia -logy

TECHNOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners


  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun tech·nol·o·gy \ tek-ˈnä-lə-jē \
plural technologies
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

Medical Dictionary


noun tech·nol·o·gy \ -jē \
plural technologies
1 : the science of the application of knowledge to practical purposes : applied science
2 : a scientific method of achieving a practical purpose


play \ˌtek-nə-ˈläj-i-kəl\ also technologic play \-ik\ adjective

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