n. pl. tech·nol·o·gies
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.
2. Electronic or digital products and systems considered as a group: a store specializing in office technology.
3. 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.
[Greek tekhnologiā, systematic treatment of an art or craft : tekhnē, skill; see teks- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -logiā, -logy.]
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