technology

noun

tech·​nol·​o·​gy tek-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce technology (audio)
plural technologies
1
a
: 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
technologist 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 on the Web The European Union will only have itself to blame when China devours the green technologies and industries upon which European civilization has staked its future. Meg Hansen, National Review, 7 July 2024 California regulators allowed Waymo and Cruise to expand in San Francisco last summer, a moment seen as a win for the industry and a step closer to wider adoption of the technology. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 7 July 2024 But the technology and practices that failed in Chernobyl were already outdated by the time that the disaster happened almost 40 years ago. New York Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News, 6 July 2024 There’s now a small camera embedded near the top of the Pantheon grille, conceding some of the handmade frontal area for a tick of technology. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for technology 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of technology was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Technology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technology. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

technology

noun
tech·​nol·​o·​gy tek-ˈnäl-ə-jē How to pronounce technology (audio)
plural technologies
1
: the use of science in solving problems (as in industry or engineering)
2
: a technical method of doing something
technological
ˌtek-nə-ˈläj-i-kəl
adjective

Medical Definition

technology

noun
tech·​nol·​o·​gy -jē How to pronounce technology (audio)
plural technologies
1
: the science of the application of knowledge to practical purposes : applied science
2
: a scientific method of achieving a practical purpose
technological adjective
also technologic
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