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 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 The wearable device contains sensors that run along the four fingers and thumb to identify each word, phrase or letter as it is made in American Sign Language. Rob Picheta, CNN, "This new high-tech glove translates sign language into speech in real time," 30 June 2020 But for all the futuristic measures awaiting NBA players in their Orlando, Fla. bubble, maybe the most ambitious is a wearable device called the Oura ring. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Why Every NBA Player Is Getting a Ring," 22 June 2020 In another building, Amazon is testing small wearable sensors for social distancing alerts and contact tracing. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints," 18 June 2020 By increments, Apple is slowly turning the Apple Watch into the most comprehensive wearable available. Wired Staff, Wired, "Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC (So Far)," 22 June 2020 In Beijing, some schools are using wearable bracelets to monitor the body temperatures of its students and that data is stored in a corresponding app. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "Universities and high schools are readying high-tech ways to curb the spread of Covid-19," 16 June 2020 In Singapore, home to an early tracing app, adoption is uneven, and the government has considered rolling out a separate, wearable device for tracking. NBC News, "Coronavirus contact tracing apps were tech's chance to step up. They haven't.," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The products included wearables, smartwatches, and cameras. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "What to know about fake reviews when shopping online," 30 Nov. 2019

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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 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wearable

: capable of being worn : suitable to wear

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