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[hahy-tek] /ˈhaɪˈtɛk/
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, relating to, or suggesting high-tech or high technology.
Origin of high-tech
1970-75; by shortening Unabridged
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Examples from the web for high-tech
  • It is a vision that has struck some commentators as an invitation to high-tech demagoguery.
  • 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.
  • high-tech harvesting and wasteful management have brought world fish stocks to dangerous lows.
  • Imagine a high-tech machine that can see through solid rock to the complete dinosaur within.
  • Now some of those once-high-tech rooms are starting to show their age at many colleges.
  • But not every high-tech strategy pays off for colleges.
  • Science and engineering graduates usually left for high-tech jobs elsewhere.
  • Not all forms of high-tech communication were so popular, however.
British Dictionary definitions for high-tech

hi tech

short for high technology
a style of interior design using features of industrial equipment
designed for or using high technology
of or in the interior design style Compare low tech
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high-tech in Culture

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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