[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. high-stepping,
  2. high-stick,
  3. high-sticking,
  4. high-strung,
  5. high-tail,
  6. high-tension,
  7. high-test,
  8. high-ticket,
  9. high-toned,
  10. high-top

Origin of high-tech

First recorded in 1970–75; by shortening

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British Dictionary definitions for high tech

high tech


a variant spelling of hi tech
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Culture definitions for high tech


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


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

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