tech·​nol·​o·​gy tek-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce technology (audio)
plural technologies
: the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area : engineering sense 2
medical technology
: a capability given by the practical application of knowledge
a car's fuel-saving technology
: a manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge
new technologies for information storage
: the specialized aspects of a particular field of endeavor
educational technology
technologist noun

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The two countries are trading partners, with China importing Russian oil and gas, advanced military technology, and other mineral resources in exchange for high-tech Chinese goods. Francesca Ebel,, 30 Dec. 2022 The state-of-the-art technology allowed for elaborate color combinations and spectacular brightness. Theara Coleman, The Week, 30 Dec. 2022 Genesis has included some rather interesting technology in the car, like the ability to use biometrics to unlock it instead of a key fob, and the suite of advanced driver assistance systems are very effective. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2022 Those born under the Gemini sign are ruled by Mercury (the planet of communication, technology, and travel) and represented by the twins. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 29 Dec. 2022 That would likely entail sanctions on China—which the country, still heavily dependent on American and European trade, technology, and investment, can ill afford. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 29 Dec. 2022 While the movement over 2022 was driven by mostly external factors, investors will need to watch for underlying improvements in hydrogen technology, which at present remains expensive and small-scale. Trefis Team, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Disney introduced MagicBand+, which added a few powers to the wearable technology, including interaction with statues and nighttime spectaculars. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 28 Dec. 2022 Throughout the history of computing, humans have had to painstakingly input their thoughts using interfaces designed for technology, not humans. Mustafa Suleyman, WIRED, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


earlier, "treatise on an art, terminology, branch of knowledge dealing with the applied arts," borrowed from New Latin technologia "systematic treatment (of grammar or rhetoric), systematic description of the arts and sciences," borrowed from Greek technología "systematic treatment (of grammar or rhetoric)," from téchnē "art, craft, proficiency in an art or craft, systematic method of performing or engaging in an art" + -o- -o- + -logia -logy — more at technical entry 1

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of technology was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Technology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


tech·​nol·​o·​gy tek-ˈnäl-ə-jē How to pronounce technology (audio)
plural technologies
: the use of science in solving problems (as in industry or engineering)
: a technical method of doing something

Medical Definition


tech·​nol·​o·​gy -jē How to pronounce technology (audio)
plural technologies
: the science of the application of knowledge to practical purposes : applied science
: a scientific method of achieving a practical purpose
technological adjective
also technologic

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