Definition of technology
1a : the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area : engineering 2 medical technologyb : 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
technologistplay \-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.
Recent Examples of technology from the Web
Surely all these people hadn't come to hear about applications of blockchain, the networking technology originally created to move digital currencies.
Funds tracked by Bank of America Corp. own the highest percentage of technology stocks on record compared to their benchmark.
By putting the technology right in front of them, Ministry of Supply hopes to cater to those preferences.
The travel ban has consequences for San Diego — for our families, our border economy and our innovation and technology sectors.
The combination, on top of a technologically impressive set of products, has given AWS an enviable list of customers at the cutting edge of technology, including Netflix, Airbnb and Slack.
In their ideal form, starting blocks and gates are a technology of democracy.
Both want to pursue careers in science and technology:
The same technology is used to delineate terrain from airplanes and detect speeding violations.
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Origin and Etymology of technology
Greek technologia systematic treatment of an art, from technē art, skill + -o- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 1829
TECHNOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of technology 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
Definition of technology for Students
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 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
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