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[tek-neek] /tɛkˈnik/
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.
the body of specialized procedures and methods used in any specific field, especially in an area of applied science.
method of performance; way of accomplishing.
technical skill; ability to apply procedures or methods so as to effect a desired result.
Informal. method of projecting personal charm, appeal, etc.:
He has the greatest technique with customers.
Origin of technique
1810-20; < French: technical (adj.), technic (noun) < Greek technikós, techniká; see technic Unabridged
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  • But the technique of this second involution of reflection is not supplied by some new and unique entity.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • His technique was faulty, his colors daring, perhaps—but his triumph was for that the greater.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • It made the elaboration of a technique of instruction relatively easy.

  • With me it is the technique that is to seek; with you the ideas!

  • The main stress, perhaps, is laid upon practical results, and the technique of industry.

    The Spirit of America Henry Van Dyke
British Dictionary definitions for technique


a practical method, skill, or art applied to a particular task
proficiency in a practical or mechanical skill
special facility; knack: he had the technique of turning everything to his advantage
Word Origin
C19: from French, from technique (adj) technic
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Word Origin and History for technique

1817, from French technique "formal practical details in artistic expression," noun use of adj. technique "of art, technical," from Greek tekhnikos (see techno-).

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technique in Medicine

technique tech·nique (těk-nēk') or tech·nic (těk'nĭk)
The skill and procedure with which a surgical operation or experiment, for example, is carried out.

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