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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Its residents are comfortable using new technology and sharing data, and often snub cash. The Economist, "High internet use and state support help countries ditch cash," 1 Aug. 2019 Apart from Vietnam, no country in the region has agreed to join the U.S. boycott of Huawei, despite the Trump administration’s warnings that the U.S. could cease sharing sensitive information with countries that use the company’s technology. Los Angeles Times, "Pompeo seeks to restore U.S. influence in Southeast Asia amid China’s rise," 1 Aug. 2019 Long touted as a rival to SoundCloud, Mixcloud uses audio fingerprinting technology to identify underlying tracks in shows on the platform, then pays royalty fees to the relevant rightsholders. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Mixcloud Introduces Premium Subscription and Restricts Free Playback," 31 July 2019 And how can using technology and data support this? NBC News, "How classrooms use data and technology to support students," 31 July 2019 But the company had an entire division called DeepMind Health dedicated to using technology in healthcare. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "DeepMind’s Latest A.I. Predicts Kidney Injuries 48 Hours in Advance," 31 July 2019 Some systems use telematics technology that allows remote control of cars. Frances Yue, USA TODAY, "Auto theft rises in the summer. Here's how to prevent your car from getting stolen," 31 July 2019 To Tortora’s way of thinking, using the technology of the startup WhatsGood means the middleman is cut out. Alison Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "Farm fresh veggies, eggs, and meats, delivered right to your door? There’s an app for that," 30 July 2019 After students download the CourseKey app (as required by professors who use the technology), the software can pick up ultra-high frequency tones emitted by the professor’s computer to verify attendance. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "24-year-old SDSU grad raises $5 million for college startup CourseKey," 30 July 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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