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[tek-nol-uh-jee] /tɛkˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural technologies for 4.
the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science.
the application of this knowledge for practical ends.
the terminology of an art, science, etc.; technical nomenclature.
a scientific or industrial process, invention, method, or the like.
the sum of the ways in which social groups provide themselves with the material objects of their civilization.
Origin of technology
First recorded in 1605-15, technology is from the Greek word technología systematic treatment. See techno-, -logy
Related forms
antitechnology, noun
supertechnology, noun, plural supertechnologies. Unabridged
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  • Giving these Svants tools was fine, but it was more important to give them technologies.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • The technologies of war have changed; the risks and suffering of war have not.

  • Not the express Sciences or technologies; not these, in any sort,—except the military, and that an express exception.

  • That new methods and technologies of a digital nature effectively constitute an alternative to literacy cannot be overemphasized.

  • The technologies and systems presented in this section are not extraordinary nor do they comprise a complete list.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
British Dictionary definitions for technologies


noun (pl) -gies
the application of practical sciences to industry or commerce
the methods, theory, and practices governing such application: a highly developed technology
the total knowledge and skills available to any human society for industry, art, science, etc
Derived Forms
technological (ˌtɛknəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
technologically, adverb
technologist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek tekhnologia systematic treatment, from tekhnē art, skill
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Word Origin and History for technologies



1610s, "discourse or treatise on an art or the arts," from Greek tekhnologia "systematic treatment of an art, craft, or technique," originally referring to grammar, from tekhno- (see techno-) + -logy. The meaning "science of the mechanical and industrial arts" is first recorded 1859. High technology attested from 1964; short form high-tech is from 1972.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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technologies in Science
  1. The use of scientific knowledge to solve practical problems, especially in industry and commerce.

  2. The specific methods, materials, and devices used to solve practical problems.

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