a style of interior design using industrial, commercial, and institutional fixtures, equipment, and materials, as metal warehouse shelving, factory lamps, and exposed pipes, or incorporating other elements having the stark, utilitarian appearance characteristic of industrial design.
of, pertaining to, or suggesting high-tech or high technology.

1970–75; by shortening

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high-tech definition

Short for “high technology”; the term describes industries and firms that use or produce advanced technology, especially in electronics.

high-tech definition

A descriptive term for industry heavily dependent on recent laboratory discoveries. Manufacturing computers is a typical high-tech industry.

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Example sentences
It is a vision that has struck some commentators as an invitation to high-tech
There's something for everyone at this interactive, high-tech museum.
The idea of traveling on foot with a knowledgeable friend through a rustic
  landscape in a high-tech country was greatly appealing.
The simple torpedo sub, though, may be in for a high-tech makeover too.
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