Definition of technology in English:

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Pronunciation: /tekˈnäləjē/

noun (plural technologies)

1The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry: advances in computer technology recycling technologies
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  • These new technologies can be useful, if we apply them to practical problems.
  • The lead times for developing new technologies in the nuclear industry are very long.
  • New technologies in medicine are crucial and will have an enormous impact.
1.1Machinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledge.
Example sentences
  • This is precisely what new technology has allowed the developed world to do.
  • This is a newly developed technology so the parameters remain to be explored.
  • The cutting edge technology has been developed by the force's Scientific Support Unit.
1.2The branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences.
Example sentences
  • The money will be spent over the next four years on technology, science and mathematics.
  • These are just a few of the things historians do when they study the past of science, technology and medicine.
  • Members of the public will often express caution about the advantages of new science and technology.



Pronunciation: /-ˌjīz/
Example sentences
  • As we will see, this ‘surplus’ in listening space is an effect accessible to all contemporary listeners due to our extensive knowledge of and experience with technologized, reproduced sound.
  • Modern nationalist methods of choosing rulers, economic production and distribution, and social structures may have become more organized, technologized and depersonalized, but in their essence they have remained tribal.
  • It is this question that these artists engage, attempting to mark out the existential territory of our increasingly globalized and technologized world where time and space are in constant transformation.


Early 17th century: from Greek tekhnologia 'systematic treatment', from tekhnē 'art, craft' + -logia (see -logy).

  • This is from Greek tekhnologia ‘systematic treatment’, from tekhnē ‘art’ and -logia ‘speaking, discourse’. Early 19th-century technique, comes via French.

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Syllabification: tech·nol·o·gy

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