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 wearable (audio) \ noun

Examples of wearable in a Sentence

Adjective high-fashion clothes that are not really wearable
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In recent years, Fitbit has made sizable inroads into the employer market, pitching its wearable fitness trackers, health coaching programs and more recently, a Covid-19 symptom tracking platform, to companies and health plans. Erin Brodwin, STAT, "Two ways Fitbit could boost Google’s health ambitions," 15 Jan. 2021 There's nothing like the instant gratification supplied by wearable fitness trackers. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Apple Fitness+," 15 Dec. 2020 Fitbit is a household name in the smart fitness world, and its wearable trackers are some of the best — and most affordable — out there. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "Best fitness watch and fitness tracker 2020: Gifts for fitness lovers," 18 Nov. 2020 Companies and industry analysts say the wearable trackers fill an important gap in pandemic safety. New York Times, "The Hot New Covid Tech Is Wearable and Constantly Tracks You," 15 Nov. 2020 The group argues that some of the remaining 27% poses no national-security risk, like chips for wearable fitness trackers. Stu Woo, WSJ, "The U.S. vs. China: The High Cost of the Technology Cold War," 22 Oct. 2020 The new offer hits many of the points brought up by rivals concerned that the deal could create a powerful controller of personal data that could also prevent competing apps and wearable trackers from working with Google’s services. Aoife White, Bloomberg.com, "Google Makes Data Pledge to Win EU Nod for Fitbit Deal," 29 Sep. 2020 Preventice's product portfolio includes the BodyGuardian, a family of remote and wearable patient cardiac monitors that was developed with help from the Mayo Clinic Ventures division starting in 2009. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "Boston Scientific to pay $1B for portable heart-monitor maker in Eagan," 21 Jan. 2021 In order to experience this cultural softening at its most marshmallowy, a correspondent recently test-drove three wearable sleeping bags. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "Dressing for Dinner When Dinner Is in a Frigid Curbside Yurt," 18 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The usually-$249 wearable is now discounted 28% for a limited time. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "Man hospitalized after Thalia Street shooting, New Orleans police say," 7 Feb. 2021 The Cove, which claims to reduce stress, looks more like a pair of wireless earbuds than a futuristic wearable. Gear Team, Wired, "CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future," 14 Jan. 2021 In addition to keeping track of important fitness metrics like steps, calories, sleep patterns, and more, this wearable is compatible with Alexa and offers a lightweight, stylish design. Jennifer Manfrin, chicagotribune.com, "Best early Black Friday deals," 26 Nov. 2020 All of this weirdness was in the spirit of checking out the wearable on my wrist. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "This new workout watch can tell when you switch activities," 17 Nov. 2020 Weeks before Always Home Cam and Amazon Go, the company announced a new wearable called Halo which claims to, among other things, track the emotional tone of your voice. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Amazon's Latest Gimmicks Are Pushing the Limits of Privacy," 11 Oct. 2020 Additionally, Apple is introducing a budget wearable, appropriately called Apple Watch SE, that serves as cheaper alternative, much like the iPhone SE that launched this spring. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Every New Gadget Apple Announced at the 'Time Flies' Event," 15 Sep. 2020 On paper, the Series 6 might seem like an all-around average update for the Apple Watch, but the new sensors, internal hardware and paint jobs make for a compelling new wearable. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "A day with Apple Watch Series 6: Blood oxygen monitoring and a faster processor impress," 17 Sep. 2020 On Thursday, the tech giant launched Halo, its first health wearable, along with an accompanying app, in the United States. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Amazon's new wearable will judge your tone," 27 Aug. 2020

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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 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wearable

: capable of being worn : suitable to wear

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