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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Thornton Township is set to receive $2.5 million, with $2 million toward capital improvements for the township’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp and $500,000 for other infrastructure. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Towns may have to wait years to get funds through Rebuild Illinois capital plan," 6 June 2019 Thanks to modern technology, representatives of America, Great Britain, and one of the world’s most powerful tech companies are all invisibly present in a field in England. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Black Mirror season 5 stops worrying and learns to love technology: EW review," 5 June 2019 Protiviti, a global consulting firm that provides consulting solutions in internal audit, risk and compliance, technology, business processes, data analytics and finance 4. Brittney Oliver, Essence, "These Are The Top 5 Companies For Women In 2019," 5 June 2019 Now in its 13th year, the award was established to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the agriculture industry through technology, management of an agribusiness or organization, or striving to address a global issue. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 5 June 2019 The state agreed to install computers with text-to-speech technology, ensure access to people who can read and write documents on the inmates' behalf and offer them skills training. Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland settles federal lawsuit by blind inmates for $1.4 million," 5 June 2019 Two, acquisitions have always been important in technology. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Scott Kupor Demystifies the Venture Capital Funding Process In New Book," 4 June 2019 Boussour isn’t optimistic, saying productivity has been bolstered by business investment in labor-saving technology but such outlays have slowed since the second half of last year. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "It's great that you got a raise, but it just might hurt the stock market and the economy," 4 June 2019 Cypress, which specializes in wireless and USB technology, had $539 million in revenue in the first quarter. SFChronicle.com, "Daily Briefing, June 4," 3 June 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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