What is technology?

From the Oxford English Dictionary we can see that there are 2 main meanings in current use:

1.a. The branch of knowledge dealing with the mechanical arts and applied sciences; the study of this.

1.b. The application of such knowledge for practical purposes, esp. in industry, manufacturing, etc.; the sphere of activity concerned with this; the mechanical arts and applied sciences collectively.

1.c. The product of such application; technological knowledge or know-how; a technological process, method, or technique. Also: machinery, equipment, etc., developed from the practical application of scientific and technical knowledge; an example of this. Also in extended use.

2. A particular practical or industrial art; a branch of the mechanical arts or applied sciences; a technological discipline.

Which can be summarized to:

  1. Technology – The branch of knowledge dealing with the mechanical arts and applied sciences, the application of such for practical purposes, and the product of such application. Or a particular instance thereof.

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