high-tech

[ hahy-tek ]
/ ˈhaɪˈtɛk /

noun

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.

adjective

of, relating to, or suggesting high technology.

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Origin of high-tech

First recorded in 1970–75; by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for high-tech

high tech

noun

a variant spelling of hi tech
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Cultural definitions for high-tech (1 of 2)

high-tech

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

Cultural definitions for high-tech (2 of 2)

high-tech

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

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