technique

[tek-neek]
noun
1.
the manner and ability with which an artist, writer, dancer, athlete, or the like employs the technical skills of a particular art or field of endeavor.
2.
the body of specialized procedures and methods used in any specific field, especially in an area of applied science.
3.
method of performance; way of accomplishing.
4.
technical skill; ability to apply procedures or methods so as to effect a desired result.
5.
Informal. method of projecting personal charm, appeal, etc.: He has the greatest technique with customers.

Origin:
1810–20; < French: technical (adj.), technic (noun) < Greek technikós, techniká; see technic

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technique or technic (tɛkˈniːk)
 
n
1.  a practical method, skill, or art applied to a particular task
2.  proficiency in a practical or mechanical skill
3.  special facility; knack: he had the technique of turning everything to his advantage
 
[C19: from French, from technique (adj) technic]
 
technic or technic
 
n
 
[C19: from French, from technique (adj) technic]

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technique
1817, from Fr. technique "formal practical details in artistic expression," noun use of adj. technique "of art, technical," from Gk. tekhnikos (see techno-).
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technique tech·nique (těk-nēk') or tech·nic (těk'nĭk)
n.
The skill and procedure with which a surgical operation or experiment, for example, is carried out.

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Example sentences
It prepares numerical tables using a mathematical technique known as the method
  of difference.
It's an old technique, designed to produce juicy meat and rich brown skin.
Give pillars your own style with this simple decorating technique.
Steaming is one technique that helps preserve that flavor.
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