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polytechnic

[pol-ee-tek-nik] /ˌpɒl iˈtɛk nɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or offering instruction in a variety of industrial arts, applied sciences, or technical subjects:
a polytechnic institute.
noun
2.
a school or other institution in which instruction in technical subjects is given.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; poly- + technic, modeled on French polytechnique
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British Dictionary definitions for polytechnic

polytechnic

/ˌpɒlɪˈtɛknɪk/
noun
1.
(Brit) a college offering advanced full- and part-time courses, esp vocational courses, in many fields at and below degree standard
adjective
2.
of or relating to technical instruction and training
Word Origin
C19: via French from Greek polutekhnos skilled in many arts. See technic
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Word Origin and History for polytechnic
polytechnic
1805, from Fr. École Polytechnique, engineering school founded 1794 (as École des Travaux publics) in Paris; from Gk. polytekhnos "skilled in many arts," from polys "many" (see poly-) + tekhne "art" (see techno-).
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