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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Banning gun shows isn’t going to do anything because technology keeps moving forward. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Crossroads gun show returns to Del Mar, so do protesters," 15 July 2018 The Democratic National Committee hired Raffi Krikorian, a former Uber executive, as its chief technology officer last year. New York Times, "4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected," 13 July 2018 That's an average of 17,003 times per day, giving rise to a new form of activism spearheaded through social media and technology. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump visits Queen Elizabeth II, Wimbledon semifinals, Supermoon Solar Eclipse: 5 things to know Friday," 13 July 2018 In her new role, Weichel will lead digital strategy for Anonymous, working closely with managers and producers to help develop relationships and opportunities for clients with digital and technology platforms. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Anonymous Content Taps Sarah Weichel to Lead Emerging Platforms Division (Exclusive)," 13 July 2018 Also new are quieter keyboards and True Tone technology for the Retina displays. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "As Apple announces new MacBooks, more changes are expected," 13 July 2018 In order to steal a large number of documents without detection, the indictment says, the Russians used a publicly available technology tool to gather and compress files, including opposition research, from DNC networks. chicagotribune.com, "Illinois elections board 'very likely' named in Mueller indictment of Russian hackers, officials say," 13 July 2018 Program funding is limited, and participants must comply with requirements that include a simple landscape plan, plant coverage, mulch, rainwater capture and irrigation technology. Pomerado News, "Water agencies increase incentives to replace turf," 13 July 2018 America's largest retailer has patented surveillance technology that could essentially spy on cashiers and customers by collecting audio data in stores. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Walmart patents audio surveillance technology to record customers and employees," 13 July 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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