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 technology (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 The technology and culture of the Life mark will be designed from scratch. J.m. Ledgard, Wired, "Humans Need to Create Interspecies Money to Save the Planet," 12 May 2021 The internet speed that the millimeter wave technology provides is faster than that of commercial internet providers, Gonick said. Aydali Campa, The Arizona Republic, "These kids living close to school get reliable internet after months without it," 12 May 2021 Scientists say the mRNA technology behind the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines lends itself to rapid modifications of the vaccine. Dr. Deepak Ramanathan, ABC News, "How COVID-19 booster shots could help in global fight against the virus," 12 May 2021 The surge has also seen ether — which in the crypto world is also widely referred to as ethereum — outperform bitcoin, which has almost doubled in price this year as larger investors warm to the emerging technology. NBC News, "Digital coin ether hits record high as 2021 gains near 500 percent," 12 May 2021 In 2018, the technology contributed to a major breakthrough in the study of the Maya civilization, as Tom Clynes reported for National Geographic at the time. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Thirteenth-Century Angkor Was Home to More People Than Modern Boston," 12 May 2021 Sea-Tac is one of the first in the country to test the new queuing technology. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Capital reopening, free rides, vaccine theft: News from around our 50 states," 12 May 2021 Yes, technology is amazing in the workplace, but remember that productivity and fulfillment can be negatively impacted by time on your phone. Talita Guerrero, Forbes, "Is Technology The Killer Of Productivity?," 12 May 2021 In addition to the technology that tracks the movement of individual cell phones, Israel is using drones keep a close eye on movements in and around the Old City, aided by hundreds of closed-circuit television cameras. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "Israel holds all the cards in Jerusalem, yet the city has never been more divided," 11 May 2021

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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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“Technology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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


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


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 technology (audio) \ also technologic \ -​ik How to pronounce technology (audio) \ adjective

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