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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