The Definition of Technology [Etherington]

The Oxford English Dictionary, also known as the OED, was created in two installments in the years 1884 and 1928 in England. The search for a new dictionary came in 1857 when The Philological Society of London demanded that there should be a new english dictionary. In 1884, the first edition of the dictionary was published and by 1928 it was finalized.

Between the years 1933 to 1986, the dictionary was kept updated to modern times. And then in the 1980’s the creation of the second edition of the OED was begun.

In 1992 the OED was put onto its first CD-ROM, entering the technological age.

In present day, the OED is under current revision to be brought up to modern times.

The OED also offers special features such as summarizing the origin and change in definition of words.

Altogether the OED is a far more advanced and correct dictionary than other commonly used dictionaries such as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and the MacMillan Dictionary, and google.


The definition of Technology in the Oxford English Dictionary is: A discourse or treatise on an art or arts; a treatise in a practical art of craft.

Compared to the more commonly used Merriam-Webster dictionary, which defines technology as: the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area.