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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.
1810-20; < French: technical (adj.), technic (noun) < Greek technikós, techniká; see technic Unabridged
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  • And he used it to call for ratification of the tough techniques employed in the questioning.
  • All pods use effective, cooperative hunting techniques that some liken to the behavior of wolf packs.
  • New techniques to track the disease before symptoms arise may allow testing of drugs at a stage when they may be more effective.
  • The photographer uses movie production techniques to create.
  • Fancy up a fall dinner party with a few hand-printing techniques.
  • Each song has a different pattern, which means that some songs are better for practicing certain techniques than others.
  • Teaching techniques that work in one course fall flat in a different one.
  • More homeowners are choosing organic gardening techniques that work in harmony with nature.
  • Empirically supported therapies seek to bring the power of research-proven techniques to the therapist's office.
  • The scientists' conclusions are made possible by several new excavation techniques they've developed.
British Dictionary definitions for techniques


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 techniques



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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techniques 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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