technology[tek näl′ə jē]
The definition of technology is science or knowledge put into practical use to solve problems or invent useful tools.
History of Technology
- Stone Age - The development of simple tools from wood or shards of rock and the discovery of fire, which provided a way to cook food and create heat and light, were technological developments which allowed people to accomplish tasks more easily and quickly.
- Bronze Age - The evolving ability of man to work with metal gave the ability to form stronger tools, and the introduction of the wheel allowed people greater ability to travel and communicate.
- Iron Age - The ability to work with harder metals than copper and tin, to smelt iron, and to be able to remove iron from ore allowed for rapid increases in weapons making, brought the development of tools that benefit civilization and gave greater ability to perform tasks, such as manufacturing and transportation.
- Computers and the Internet - The ability to perform basic thinking processes much faster enables business, science and commerce to proceed much more efficiently.
- An example of technology is the Internet which has made up-to-date information available to anyone with access in a matter of moments and provides real time information about events around the world.
- An example of technology was during the Stone Age when the first knife or shovel was made from a piece of stone or obsidian.
- An example of technology is the products that were invented during the space program, which have allowed engineers and other scientists to use variations of these products and materials in manufacturing.
- An example of technology is ultra sound, MRI, CAT scans and other forms of nuclear imaging, which allow doctors to see inside the human body using a blending of medical technology, nuclear technology and computer technology.
Computers and the internet are examples of technology.
- the science or study of the practical or industrial arts, applied sciences, etc.
- the terms used in a science, etc.; technical terminology
- applied science
- a method, process, etc. for handling a specific technical problem
- the system by which a society provides its members with those things needed or desired
Origin of technologyClassical Greek technologia, systematic treatment: see technic and amp; -logy
- a. The application of science, especially to industrial or commercial objectives.b. The scientific method and material used to achieve a commercial or industrial objective.
- Electronic or digital products and systems considered as a group: a store specializing in office technology.
- 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.
Origin of technologyGreek tekhnologiā, systematic treatment of an art or craft : tekhnē, skill; see teks- in Indo-European roots + -logiā, -logy.
(countable and uncountable, plural technologies)
- (uncountable) The organization of knowledge for practical purposes.
- All the different and usable technologies developed by a culture or people.
- 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.
From Ancient Greek τεχνολογία (tekhnologia, “systematic treatment (of grammar)”), from τέχνη (tekhne, “art”) + -λογία (-logia).