from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The application of science, especially to industrial or commercial objectives.
  • n. The scientific method and material used to achieve a commercial or industrial objective.
  • n. Electronic or digital products and systems considered as a group: a store specializing in office technology.
  • n. Anthropology The body of knowledge available to a society that is of use in fashioning implements, practicing manual arts and skills, and extracting or collecting materials.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of or a collection of techniques.
  • n. A device, material, or sequence of mathematical coded electronic instructions created by a person's mind that is built, assembled, or produced and which is not part of the natural world.
  • n. All the different and usable technologies developed by a culture or people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Industrial science; the science of systematic knowledge of the industrial arts, especially of the more important manufactures, as spinning, weaving, metallurgy, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That branch of knowledge which deals with the various industrial arts; the science or systematic knowledge of the industrial arts, as spinning, metal-working, or brewing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the practical application of science to commerce or industry
  • n. the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems


Greek tekhnologiā, systematic treatment of an art or craft : tekhnē, skill; + -logiā, -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek τεχνολογία (tekhnologia, "systematic treatment (of grammar)"), from τέχνη (tekhne, "art") + -λογία. (Wiktionary)



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