technology

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek τεχνολογία (tekhnología, systematic treatment (of grammar)), from τέχνη (tékhnē, art) + -λογία (-logía). Synchronically analysable as techno- +‎ -logy.

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Noun[edit]

technology (countable and uncountable, plural technologies)

  1. (uncountable) The organization of knowledge for practical purposes.
    • 2013 June 21, Chico Harlan, “Japan pockets the subsidy …”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 30:
      Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."
  2. All the different and usable technologies developed by a culture or people.
  3. (archaic) A discourse or treatise on the arts.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Adjectives often applied to "technology": assistive, automotive, biological, chemical, domestic, educational, environmental, geospatial, industrial, instructional, medical, microbial, military, nuclear, visual, advanced, sophisticated, high, modern, outdated, obsolete, simple, complex, medieval, ancient, safe, secure, effective, efficient, mechanical, electrical, electronic, emerging, alternative, appropriate, clean, disruptive.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Japanese: テクノロジー (tekunorojī)

Translations[edit]

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References[edit]

  • technology at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • technology in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • "technology" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 315.
  • technology in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • technology in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911