Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The application of science, especially to industrial or commercial objectives.
  • noun The scientific method and material used to achieve a commercial or industrial objective.
  • noun Electronic or digital products and systems considered as a group.
  • noun 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 The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The study of or a collection of techniques.
  • noun countable 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.
  • noun All the different and usable technologies developed by a culture or people.

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

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

Etymologies

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

Greek tekhnologiā, systematic treatment of an art or craft : tekhnē, skill; + -logiā, -logy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek τεχνολογία (tekhnologia, "systematic treatment (of grammar)"), from τέχνη (tekhne, "art") + -λογία.

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