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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.
the application of this knowledge for practical ends.
the terminology of an art, science, etc.; technical nomenclature.
a scientific or industrial process, invention, method, or the like.
the sum of the ways in which social groups provide themselves with the material objects of their civilization.
Contemporary Examples

The first T is technology, or the ability to create new ideas and inventions and high-tech companies.
Boulder, Ann Arbor, Tucson & More: 20 Most Creative U.S. Cities Richard Florida June 26, 2012

But Shawn and Craig, 47, are accused of being interested in technology as well.
Alleged Palin Stalker’s Mom Speaks Diane Herbst August 20, 2011

A lot of the technology he used had never been used before in a movie.
Bob Balaban: How I Write Noah Charney February 4, 2014

Once the technology to extend life has become available, you cannot restrict its availability.
Obama’s Euthanasia Mistake Lee Siegel August 10, 2009

Yet equal access to education and technology still remains a challenge.
She Will Change the World Daily Beast Promotions March 1, 2012

Historical Examples

Try to tell this to the champions of technology who predicted the paperless office and who now predict the networked world.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

The Ministry of Science and technology had sent up a lengthy one.
Ministry of Disturbance Henry Beam Piper

Understanding the degree of necessity of the technology in the first place is where the focus should be.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

technology at this level uncouples the past from the present.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

He couldn’t duplicate the weapon—the technology required lies so far beyond this age.
The Time Traders Andre Norton

noun (pl) -gies
the application of practical sciences to industry or commerce
the methods, theory, and practices governing such application: a highly developed technology
the total knowledge and skills available to any human society for industry, art, science, etc

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.

The use of scientific knowledge to solve practical problems, especially in industry and commerce.

The specific methods, materials, and devices used to solve practical problems.

Marketroid jargon for “software”, “hardware”, “protocol” or something else too technical to name.
The most flagrant abuse of this word has to be “Windows NT” (New Technology) – Microsoft’s attempt to make the incorporation of some ancient concepts into their OS sound like real progress. The irony, and even the meaning, of this seems to be utterly lost on Microsoft whose Windows 2000 start-up screen proclaims “Based on NT Technology”, (meaning yet another version of NT, including some Windows 95 features at last).
See also: solution.


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