wear·​able | \ ˈwer-ə-bəl How to pronounce wearable (audio) \

Definition of wearable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being worn : suitable to be worn wearable art a wearable fitness tracker These were clothes that were fun to look at, and even more fun to wear. They were costumey, but at the same time curiously wearable— Carrie Donovan



Definition of wearable (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a garment or a device) that can be worn usually used in pluralsummer wearablesConsumer wearables … have the potential to move from tracking simple metrics like steps and heart rates to providing actionable health information.— Rinku Patel

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wearability \ ˌwer-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce wearability (audio) \ noun

Examples of wearable in a Sentence

Adjective high-fashion clothes that are not really wearable
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On the more fashion-forward end of things comes Bradley Sharpe, a Central Saint Martins student who created a massive wearable tent dress for his graduation collection while under lockdown in the UK. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Wear This Extreme 18th Century Trend In Real Life," 30 July 2020 Soon data ranging from an animal's location to its skin temperature will be easily available thanks to tiny wearable transmitters that send signals to an antenna on the International Space Station. Michael Cross; Story By Tom Page, CNN, "Indigenous trackers are teaching scientists about wildlife," 9 July 2020 Last week, John Rogers, a materials scientist at Northwestern University, published a review of existing wearable medical technologies and their value in early detection of Covid-19 in the journal Science Advances. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Tech That Could Help Pro Sports Adapt to the Pandemic," 7 July 2020 Fiber artist Mandy Bernard will create two new bodies of work: diptych sculptures employing dissonant fibers and textiles, and a wearable art collection integrating paper-cut accessories. Danielle Duclos, Anchorage Daily News, "Rasmuson Foundation announces 2020 award winners, gives top honor to Tlingit carver Wayne Price," 2 July 2020 And in this era of wearable technology and Trackman and Rapsodo and Edgertronic devices, players have and will continue to get their work in. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Minor League Baseball's canceled 2020 season a cruel blow in grim 2020 sports year," 30 June 2020 Research has shown wearable data could discover health problems including high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, and early-stage cancer. Tom Giles, Bloomberg.com, "Apple Watch, Fitbit May Help Spot Emerging Coronavirus Outbreaks," 24 June 2020 In November, Stanford researchers published the results of their Apple Heart Study in the New England Journal of Medicine, finding that wearable devices (like Apple Watches) could detect irregular heart beats. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "How Apple and Stanford are speeding up medical discoveries," 8 July 2020 This one comes in four wearable shades, including redwood (a clay red hue), tobacco, black, and metallic. Rebecca Shinners, Health.com, "These Merrell Sandals Are the Most Comfortable Slides I’ve Ever Worn," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More than 40 years later, Fitbit put this goal on the map globally with the launch of our first wearable at the end of 2009. James Park, Fortune, "Why is 10,000 steps a day the goal? Fitbit’s CEO has some answers," 30 June 2020 On top of these abilities, Sleep as Android provides a good selection of natural alarm sounds, as well as support for wearables, Google Fit, and Spotify. David Nield, Popular Science, "7 alarm apps that will actually wake you up," 25 Sep. 2019 Super Nintendo World will feature a Power Up Band wearable that lets visitors collect coins and battle bosses while exploring a physical environment. Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg.com, "Nintendo Drops Most Since April After Profit Misses Estimates," 15 May 2020 Companies are rolling out wearables that will buzz or light up when co-workers aren't maintaining social distance in the workplace. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Buzzing bracelets could become a workplace accessory in the coronavirus era," 13 May 2020 For more than a decade, Snyder, a biology researcher at Stanford University, has been using consumer wearables to determine whether these kinds of biosensors—and the data collected from them—can help track the onset of infections or illness. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Can a Wearable Detect Covid-19 Before Symptoms Appear?," 14 Apr. 2020 Pulse ox monitoring recently made its way to Garmin’s elite wearables in addition to the more affordable Vivosmart 4—and unlike in Fitbit devices, the Vivosmart 4 actually puts this sensor to good use. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Fitness trackers to consider before buying a smartwatch," 13 Jan. 2020 Like the data from other footstep-detection methods (such as wearables or pressure mats), walking patterns measured with these sensors can be used to determine an individual’s identity and some kinds of potential health issues. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait," 30 Apr. 2020 The Richardson retailer specializes in watches, jewelry, handbags, small leather goods and wearables. Dallas News, "It’s proxy season and North Texas companies are disclosing what they paid their workers and CEO," 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of wearable


1590, in the meaning defined above


1711, in the meaning defined above

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“Wearable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wearable. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wearable

: capable of being worn : suitable to wear

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