Definition of technology in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.

    ‘advances in computer technology’
    [count noun] ‘recycling technologies’
    • ‘New technologies in medicine are crucial and will have an enormous impact.’
    • ‘Together, these technologies are set to revolutionise the way we watch and record television.’
    • ‘The lead times for developing new technologies in the nuclear industry are very long.’
    • ‘Shell is investing in renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind power and wave power.’
    • ‘Thirdly, there is a need for serious investment in research into new energy technologies.’
    • ‘The first has led to nuclear technologies, while the second has opened the way to biotechnology.’
    • ‘He also looked at how our expectations of what the new technologies would do for our lives had been frustrated.’
    • ‘It will need better burning technologies, cleaner traffic and more sustainable energy.’
    • ‘As with all new technologies, costs are expected to fall as the products become more ubiquitous.’
    • ‘How do we use technologies to extend ourselves rather than avoid ourselves?’
    • ‘This creates the incentives for people to shift to cleaner technologies and fuels.’
    • ‘The story of the transformation in physical technologies comes in two quite distinct stages.’
    • ‘These new technologies can be useful, if we apply them to practical problems.’
    • ‘In so doing the technologies had to be designed and adapted for the different settings.’
    • ‘However, the realities of these technologies have lagged behind the promises.’
    • ‘How do we define and protect public values when we are only just beginning to see mass public use of these technologies?’
    • ‘This is not propitious for making the most of our exciting new technologies.’
    • ‘The human response to these technologies was a myriad of attempts to capitalize on them for good and for profit.’
    • ‘What are the latest technologies that are ready for sale or which you are already selling?’
    • ‘The momentum of this present economy derives from the speed of its underpinning technologies.’
    1. 1.1Machinery and devices developed from scientific knowledge.
      ‘it will reduce the industry's ability to spend money on new technology’
      • ‘In my previous job, I developed a series of experiments using mobile technology.’
      • ‘Our technology doesn't give developers a fix for problems but it does speed root cause analysis.’
      • ‘This is precisely what new technology has allowed the developed world to do.’
      • ‘People often have the technology at their disposal, maybe even without realising it.’
      • ‘And who do we trust with both the development of that technology and the means to deploy it?’
      • ‘If this technology is being developed, then just who is funding these operations.’
      • ‘The Royal Navy was closely involved in the early development of wireless technology.’
      • ‘The equipment used then seems primitive compared to the technology at his disposal now.’
      • ‘The question of the success or failure of any given technology is never actually a matter of machines alone.’
      • ‘In the modern world, wars are won by the side with the most money and the best technology.’
      • ‘The technology was developed in Austria and it proved to be a big hit in the Viennese capital.’
      • ‘The cutting edge technology has been developed by the force's Scientific Support Unit.’
      • ‘It has developed technology to determine whether or not someone is lying by listening to their voice.’
      • ‘This is a newly developed technology so the parameters remain to be explored.’
      • ‘Many of the stores say that limiting fraud is their main goal with the new technology.’
      equipment, apparatus, hardware, plant, mechanism, gear, tackle, instruments, tools, gadgetry, technology
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    2. 1.2The branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences.
      • ‘The rapid development of technology has been likened to the coming of the railways for opening up the world.’
      • ‘The government has set out its plans to use science and technology to tackle crime and terrorism.’
      • ‘These are just a few of the things historians do when they study the past of science, technology and medicine.’
      • ‘It shows that in the field of architecture, technology and engineering are shaping the future.’
      • ‘Its use should not be limited to courses in the history of science or technology.’
      • ‘The money will be spent over the next four years on technology, science and mathematics.’
      • ‘Europe is facing a crisis in science and technology according to two new reports.’
      • ‘Ensure that art, design and technology are developed so pupils can do well in these subjects.’
      • ‘One of the results is an increasing awareness of the difference between science and technology.’
      • ‘It will also set targets for raising skills and qualifications in science and technology.’
      • ‘Members of the public will often express caution about the advantages of new science and technology.’
      • ‘Experts from the field of science and technology as well as listeners were asked for their nominations.’
      • ‘In fact, however, historians of technology and engineering usually reject this view.’
      • ‘Humanity faces a global crisis in the governance of knowledge, technology and culture.’
      • ‘This show aims to broaden our appreciation of the artist's work in the fields of science and technology.’
      • ‘We want to control any risk there might be while still getting the benefits of science and technology.’
      • ‘Science and technology has been responsible for large numbers of new blends.’
      • ‘A shorthand view might have it that technology is extrinsic and science intrinsic to the food we eat.’
      • ‘How can we use science and technology to help create the world that we want to live in?’
      • ‘It is also hoped that such access will encourage an interest in science and technology.’


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