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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Recent Examples on the Web Although there was some precedence for this, with the local proliferation of burgers, pizzas and coffee being created by robots, the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of flashy food technology. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "'Twilight Zone' of dining: Robots are coming to a restaurant near you," 2 Aug. 2020 Indiana updated the technology infrastructure of its unemployment insurance system before the pandemic. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "Pandemic exposes gaps in Indiana unemployment insurance program," 2 Aug. 2020 Over the last decade, Amey has worked at several technology startups. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Despite waiting for years, some Indian immigrants are now giving up their green card dreams," 2 Aug. 2020 Thoughtfully, driver assistance technology is more robust than ever, with lane centering assist, adaptive cruise control, distraction mitigation, reverse automatic braking, blind spot detection, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. cleveland, "The 2020 Subaru Legacy is an exceptional choice for us average Americans (review)," 1 Aug. 2020 Capitalizing on India’s combination of cheap labor and advanced technology, the Serum Institute won contracts from UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization, and scores of countries, many of them poor, to supply low-cost vaccines. Jeffrey Gettleman, BostonGlobe.com, "Indian billionaires bet big on head start in coronavirus vaccine race," 1 Aug. 2020 His clients are major technology firms including Microsoft, HP, Dell, Samsung and Intel. Bob O'donnell, USA TODAY, "After years of hype, 5G making progress in the US," 1 Aug. 2020 Parachutes are an old technology but a tricky one, and SpaceX has struggled with their design. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, "NASA and SpaceX prepare to bring astronauts home in a perilous splashdown," 1 Aug. 2020 Several pro sports teams, including the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Football Club, are testing facial-recognition technology in stadiums. Parmy Olson, WSJ, "Facial Recognition’s Next Big Play: the Sports Stadium," 1 Aug. 2020

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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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5 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Technology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technology. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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technology

noun
How to pronounce technology (audio)

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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