technology

noun
tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \ tek-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce technology (audio) \
plural technologies

Definition of technology

1a : the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area : engineering sense 2 medical technology
b : a capability given by the practical application of knowledge a car's fuel-saving technology
2 : a manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge new technologies for information storage
3 : the specialized aspects of a particular field of endeavor educational technology

Other Words from technology

technologist \ tek-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce technology (audio) \ noun

Examples of technology in a Sentence

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 Enlightenment Capital, a Chevy Chase, Md.-based investment firm, raised $540 million for a fourth fund focused on companies in the middle market aerospace, defense, government, and technology sectors. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 29 June 2022 Ahmed, a small technology business owner and consultant from South Barrington, had accused Krishnamoorthi of becoming beholden to special interests and political action committees. John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, 29 June 2022 Companies like Shockley Semiconductor, Fairchild, Intel, and dozens of others who created semiconductors and related technology took root in our region. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The speakers are fringe figures, some of whom have espoused antisemitic conspiracies about Jewish control of government and the media or debunked claims about alleged health impacts of 5G cellular technology, among other beliefs. Chris Joyner, ajc, 29 June 2022 Airlines and hotels had to spend more on sanitation and touchless check-in technology. Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 The Logistics Report Top news and in-depth analysis on the world of logistics, from supply chain to transport and technology. Liz Young, WSJ, 29 June 2022 It is maintained by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and their technology partner Higg. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, 29 June 2022 Automotive technology company Rivian opened three fast-charging EV sites in California and Colorado this week. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 28 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of technology

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for technology

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

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“Technology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technology. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for technology

technology

noun
tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \ tek-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce technology (audio) \
plural technologies

Kids Definition of technology

1 : the use of science in solving problems (as in industry or engineering)
2 : a method of or machine for doing something that is created by technology

technology

noun
tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \ -jē How to pronounce technology (audio) \
plural technologies

Medical Definition of technology

1 : the science of the application of knowledge to practical purposes : applied science
2 : a scientific method of achieving a practical purpose

Other Words from technology

technological \ ˌtek-​nə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce technology (audio) \ also technologic \ -​ik How to pronounce technology (audio) \ adjective

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