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[hahy-tek] /ˈhaɪˈtɛk/
a style of interior design using industrial, commercial, and institutional fixtures, equipment, and materials, as metal warehouse shelving, factory lamps, and exposed pipes, or incorporating other elements having the stark, utilitarian appearance characteristic of industrial design.
of, relating to, or suggesting high-tech or high technology.
Origin of high-tech
First recorded in 1970-75; by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The high-tech buildings alongside the highway streamed past us.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • White T-shirts, lightweight trousers, high-tech hiking boots that breathed, a thin jacket for the mosquitoes at dusk.

  • And again, to help build or modernize 6,000 schools, to get students out of trailers and into high-tech classrooms.

  • It was humiliating to be a high-tech cripple and the better the technology worked, the more prone it was to reducing him to tears.


    Cory Doctorow
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high-tech definition

Short for “high technology”; the term describes industries and firms that use or produce advanced technology, especially in electronics.

high-tech definition

A descriptive term for industry heavily dependent on recent laboratory discoveries. Manufacturing computers is a typical high-tech industry.

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