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

Definition of wearable

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: 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 plural summer 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


high-fashion clothes that are not really wearable

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For the second consecutive year, Modi has topped a list of the country’s top 30 health influencers prepared by wearable devices maker GOQii. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Narendra Modi inspires more Indians to stay fit than sportspersons or film stars," 10 July 2019 Earlier this week, the company announced a new integration with common wearable devices such as the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and certain Samsung products, following an earlier offering on HIPAA-compliant Amazon Alexa devices. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Livongo Plots a Digital Health IPO to Raise $100 Million: Brainstorm Health," 28 June 2019 From the revolutionary iPod and iPhone, through the death of Jobs and onward to its new frontier in wearable devices such as the Apple Watch and AirPods, the British designer has sat serenely at the center. Tim Bradshaw, latimes.com, "Jony Ive’s exit from Apple raises questions about its future," 27 June 2019 By the end of March, MedHab, a Texas company best known for its wearable insoles for rehab patients, will begin shipping MyNotifi, a medical alert wristband designed to detect falls and send an alert to a family member or friend. Gabi Redford, chicagotribune.com, "New technologies help seniors age in place — and not feel alone," 19 Mar. 2018 Current wearable technology does not take these factors into account, and research is yet to fully unravel how such stimuli can be effectively deployed. Achilleas Pavlou, Quartz, "A lucid dream researcher’s tips for controlling your dreams," 29 June 2019 The company expanded into cameras and wearable technology; one device can be programmed to let women monitor their menstrual cycle. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Gary Burrell, Who Helped People Find Their Way (With GPS), Dies at 81," 20 June 2019 There are nearly limitless possibilities for technology, from things that already exist (like wearable tech) to more out-there ideas (like driverless cars equipped with mini gyms). Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Can Americans Hack Their Way Out of an Aversion to Exercise?," 14 June 2019 The company is reportedly striving to incorporate an optical glucose sensor into its wearable, to help patients with diabetes monitor their blood-sugar levels. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Apple Watch Is Now the Control Center for Your Health," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The researcher said that 131.6 million wearables will ship to stores in 2023, and Apple Watch will account for 25.9% of all those shipments. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple's China Problem Is All Anyone Is Talking About," 22 June 2019 So instead of wearables, these are things like, that power themselves by the beating of the heart or ... Eric Johnson, Vox, "The problem with tech people who want to solve problems," 26 June 2019 Scientists are also developing new techniques using wearables, such as silicone wristbands, to determine the relationship between these dust sources and how much of them winds up in a person’s body. Gabriel Filippelli, Quartz, "A geochemist’s simple tricks to reduce dust in your home," 20 June 2019 Qualcomm has sent out invitations for a September 10th press event focused on smartwatches (via Android Police), which would suggest a new wearables-focused chip is on the way. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Qualcomm’s overdue smartwatch chip may finally come on September 10th," 8 Aug. 2018 Though Apple has been making watches since 2015, the sales figures for the product have been bundled with other wearables, causing some early on to deem the product a flop. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Apple Is Officially Taking Over the Watch Business," 20 Feb. 2018 Fitbit still hasn't activated its SpO2 monitors in its wearables (although that feature should roll out in beta in November), but Garmin has. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin Vivosmart 4 review: An affordable band for easy fitness, SpO2 data," 27 Oct. 2018 In recent years, wearables like scarves and jewelry have become especially popular, giving museums the chance to work their artworks and products into people’s everyday lives. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 Smart Bed Having a perfect night's sleep is vital to overall health and people have been using smart wearables like Fitbit to track nightly sleeping patterns. Fox News, "10 smart devices you never knew about before now," 12 Sep. 2018

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1590, in the meaning defined above


1711, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wearable

: capable of being worn : suitable to wear

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