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[tek-noh] /ˈtɛk noʊ/
a style of disco music characterized by very fast synthesizer rhythms, heavy use of samples, and a lack of melody.
Origin of techno


a combining form borrowed from Greek where it meant “art,” “skill,” used in the formation of compound words with the meaning “technique,” “technology,” etc.:
combining form representing Greek téchnē art, skill. See technic Unabridged
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  • Today's hits are stocked with electronic keyboards, techno backdrops and dub loops.
  • Yet the techno-sheen given this war by smart bombs, night-vision goggles, and remote-controlled drones is misleading.
  • Spontaneous communication has occurred for some time now in chat rooms formed by investors, techno-geeks and moms alike.
  • If they want resources, they would do better finding a planet without techno-life.
  • These techno-fixes cause hot discussion in newspapers and blogs around the world.
  • Yelling techno-babble is more fun then doing the research of facts.
  • Big traveling shows typically relegate the techno help to side stages and chill tents.
  • These techno-utopians should pay closer attention to developments in neuroscience.
  • We need someone who can relate to today's techno-savvy students.
  • Many were privately owned and struggled to keep afloat, and they had few options in publishing's new techno-economy.
British Dictionary definitions for techno


a type of very fast dance music, using electronic sounds and fast heavy beats


combining form
craft or art: technology, technography
technological or technical: technocracy
relating to or using technology: technophobia
Word Origin
from Greek tekhnē skill
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Word Origin and History for techno


word-forming element, from Greek tekhno-, combining form of tekhne "art, skill, craft, method, system," probably from PIE root *tek- "shape, make" (cf. Sanskrit taksan "carpenter," Latin texere "to weave;" see texture).

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Slang definitions & phrases for techno



A computer enthusiast, expert, etc: But nerds these days aren't what they used to be. Many of these techies who grew up with computers have gotten older and gotten a life/ Or maybe it was when Conde Nast invested in the glossy techies' magazine Wired (1980s+)

Technicolor yawn

noun phrase

The act and product of vomiting

[1963+; fr Technicolor, trademark for a color-film process]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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