technology

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

Essential Meaning of technology

1 : the use of science in industry, engineering, etc., to invent useful things or to solve problems Recent advances in medical technology have saved countless lives. The company is on the cutting edge of technology.
2 : a machine, piece of equipment, method, etc., that is created by technology The government is developing innovative/advanced 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.

Full 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In April, Dydx implemented a blockchain technology called StarkWare, which dramatically speeds up cryptocurrency transactions made through Ethereum. Jeff Kauflin, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 The plan also invests heavily in upgrades to MPS buildings, which on average are 80 years old, as well as technology, tutoring, extracurriculars, health initiatives and family engagement. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Oct. 2021 The Taliban came from a rural, deeply conservative setting -- where their perception of religious purity and pious cultural traditions outweighed anything the modern world could offer: education, technology, discourse, the very idea of choice. Nic Robertson And Tim Lister, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Cohen said that arguments like Abbot’s discourage greater minority participation in the STEM specialties — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Oct. 2021 District additional assistance overrides, which bolster capital funding and often helps cover technology, books and other equipment expenses. Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, 14 Oct. 2021 Griffin asked Howard to consider other camera technology, including drones and tracking devices to prevent dangerous chases. Robin Goist, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2021 There is no one with any direct connection to major happenings, and no external craziness — no new technology, no earthquakes. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 13 Oct. 2021 Arens said the Plastics Piranha uses autonomous, self-guiding technology that can detect nearby objects and avoid harming sea life. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 13 Oct. 2021

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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 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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