[ 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.

  1. the terminology of an art, science, etc.; technical nomenclature.

  2. a scientific or industrial process, invention, method, or the like.

  3. 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

Other words from technology

  • an·ti·tech·nol·o·gy, noun
  • su·per·tech·nol·o·gy, noun, plural su·per·tech·nol·o·gies.

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How to use technology in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for technology


/ (tɛkˈnɒlədʒɪ) /

nounplural -gies
  1. the application of practical sciences to industry or commerce

  2. the methods, theory, and practices governing such application: a highly developed technology

  1. the total knowledge and skills available to any human society for industry, art, science, etc

Origin of technology

C17: from Greek tekhnologia systematic treatment, from tekhnē art, skill

Derived forms of technology

  • technological (ˌtɛknəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective
  • technologically, adverb
  • technologist, noun

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Scientific definitions for 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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