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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Elsewhere, the Stoxx Europe 600 added 0.2% Friday, led by advances among technology and real-estate companies. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Rise, Post Weekly Gains," 13 July 2018 The 275,000-square-foot building is 81 percent leased to tenants including law, energy, technology and professional services firms. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate briefs: CustomSpace brings industrial coworking to Texas," 13 July 2018 Over the course of two days, the team captured the nuances of the tomb’s chambers and passages using 3D scanning technology and thousands of overlapping DSLR photographs, according to a CuriosityStream press release. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tomb," 12 July 2018 McCarthy said the Army wanted to be near people with expertise in science and technology, especially systems engineering and software development. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "Army to unveil details about new Futures Command in biggest reorganization in 45 years," 12 July 2018 Property experts estimate that firms typically spend anywhere between $16,000 and $25,000 per employee on rent, security, technology and related office expenses. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 2018 The leading health care system and largest private employer in Harford County, UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers a broad range of health care services, technology and high quality care to the residents of northeastern Maryland. The Aegis, "Upper Chesapeake Health to sponsor half marathon at inaugural Susquehanna Running Festival," 11 July 2018 One positive development for Tesla is that the Chinese government has signaled plans to remove a previous requirement that automakers share technology and profits with Chinese partners through joint ventures. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Tesla nears plans for China factory as tariffs bring urgency," 10 July 2018 The research and development budget for energy technology and climate change was flat. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 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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