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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The My Life, My Quit program, which began on Monday, uses technology comfortable to teens. Rachel Berry, Cincinnati.com, "New program launches to help teens stop vaping," 3 July 2019 Newsletter Sign-up The company spent about nine months developing the program using open-source technology, said Chief Information Officer Cynthia Stoddard. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "AI Powers ‘Self-Healing’ Technology," 2 July 2019 But two rape test kits introduced during trial and kept with the court clerk’s office were never tested using modern technology. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa DA’s number two resigns, says handling of murder cases ‘made me sick inside’," 2 July 2019 In 2017, Austin was among the first of the department’s 22 districts to use technology designed to help officers better predict where shootings may occur and respond more quickly to gunfire. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "Another violent weekend in Chicago, but some good news for a troubled neighborhood," 2 July 2019 Scooter speeds will be limited in multiple areas of the city using geofencing technology. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s dockless scooter regulations take effect," 1 July 2019 Using this technology, Yu’s solar still produced 3.2 L/h/m2 of water, double the theoretical limit, his team reported last year in Nature Nanotechnology. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "New solar technology could produce clean drinking water for millions in need," 28 June 2019 The imposters are able to use technology to make their phone calls appear to be coming from family, friends, local businesses, and law enforcement. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "U.S. Marshals Service warns of call scams in Minnesota," 28 June 2019 In 2015, agency personnel began exhuming the remains and using new DNA technology to identify those lost. BostonGlobe.com, "Remains of Nebraska twins killed at Pearl Harbor identified," 27 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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