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[tek-nol-uh-jee]
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noun, plural tech·nol·o·gies for 4.
  1. 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.
  2. the application of this knowledge for practical ends.
  3. the terminology of an art, science, etc.; technical nomenclature.
  4. a scientific or industrial process, invention, method, or the like.
  5. the sum of the ways in which social groups provide themselves with the material objects of their civilization.
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Origin of technology

First recorded in 1605–15, technology is from the Greek word technología systematic treatment. See techno-, -logy
Related formsan·ti·tech·nol·o·gy, nounsu·per·tech·nol·o·gy, noun, plural su·per·tech·nol·o·gies.
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machineryautomationmechanicsroboticstelecommunicationsmechanization

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British Dictionary definitions for technology

technology

noun plural -gies
  1. the application of practical sciences to industry or commerce
  2. the methods, theory, and practices governing such applicationa highly developed technology
  3. the total knowledge and skills available to any human society for industry, art, science, etc
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Derived Formstechnological (ˌtɛknəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivetechnologically, adverbtechnologist, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Greek tekhnologia systematic treatment, from tekhnē art, skill
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Word Origin and History for technology

n.

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.

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technology

[tĕk-nŏlə-jē]
  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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