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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New fronts, including technology supply-chains and, this month, currencies, have opened up. The Economist, "Markets are braced for a global downturn," 17 Aug. 2019 Chris Hotchkiss, the eccentric CEO of CaptureRx, one of San Antonio’s biggest health-care technology companies, resigned this week and is now accused of making threats against his former employer. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "Accused of making threats and creating a toxic workplace, San Antonio health-care CEO resigns," 15 Aug. 2019 Without the availability of today’s technologies, there were many theories about the harsh weather. Annie Gentile, courant.com, "Cheney Homestead Presents “1816: The Year Without A Summer”," 15 Aug. 2019 Moreover, the move will negate the need to spend $128,000 to upgrade equipment and technology if the city were to continue handling its own dispatching, Neibert said. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Eustis touts $248K savings from proposed switch to Lake Sheriff’s Office for police dispatching," 15 Aug. 2019 Luckily, fish-tube technology has continued to advance in the five years since the viral Whooshh footage was shot. Rachel Riederer, The New Yorker, "The Nihilistic Euphoria of the Fish Tube," 15 Aug. 2019 It's rolled out technology that allows customers to skip the line at the register. Anne D'innocenzio, Cincinnati.com, "Macy's sends ominous signal for retailers in 2Q," 14 Aug. 2019 Stan, as lead engineer and mentor, was the creative force behind the studio, while Dave, with his technical know-how, made the custom designed and crafted technology that pioneered modern music. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "REVIEW: SD REP’s new show is a delightful look at music history," 14 Aug. 2019 Before 2018, that money had to be spent on classroom initiatives and technology, but lawmakers opened it up for school safety last year. al, "More answers to your questions about education in Alabama," 14 Aug. 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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