polytechnic

adjective
poly·tech·nic | \ˌpä-lē-ˈtek-nik \

Definition of polytechnic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or devoted to instruction in many technical arts or applied sciences

polytechnic

noun

Definition of polytechnic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a polytechnic school

Examples of polytechnic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The public polytechnic university, east of Los Angeles, has more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. CBS News, "Police: Cal State Poly Pomona officer killed in stabbing, suspect fatally shot," 29 June 2018 Cordero’s father used to teach auto mechanics at the polytechnic school in Cordero’s native Merida. Anne Wallace Allen, idahostatesman, "For one Boise man, opening a small business fulfills his dream | Idaho Statesman," 6 Mar. 2018 Dr. Kaloyeros and Joseph Nicolla of Columbia Development, an Albany-area firm, were accused of colluding to make sure Columbia was awarded contracts to build multiple SUNY Polytechnic projects. Benjamin Weiser, William K. Rashbaum And Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Charges Against Ex-Cuomo Aides Announced," 22 Sep. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But there is the danger that the costs will be so high that the university may have to centralize services, narrow its mission and become more like a polytechnic institute. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Can liberal education survive at a scandal-plagued university? A professor explains why it must.," 1 May 2018 In fact, no Nigerian university or polytechnic even has a planetarium. Tade Ipadeola, Slate Magazine, "The Terrestrial Challenges to Nigeria’s Ambitious Space Program," 23 Mar. 2017 The small convoy wound its way through lush, hilly Kigali, past the fenced campus of the regional polytechnic, and into a quiet neighborhood several miles south of the airport. Pri.org, USA TODAY, "Israel has a system for pushing out refugees it doesn't want," 6 July 2017 The small convoy wound its way through lush, hilly Kigali, past the fenced campus of the regional polytechnic, and into a quiet neighborhood several miles south of the airport. Pri.org, USA TODAY, "Israel has a system for pushing out refugees it doesn't want," 6 July 2017 The small convoy wound its way through lush, hilly Kigali, past the fenced campus of the regional polytechnic, and into a quiet neighborhood several miles south of the airport. Pri.org, USA TODAY, "Israel has a system for pushing out refugees it doesn't want," 6 July 2017 The small convoy wound its way through lush, hilly Kigali, past the fenced campus of the regional polytechnic, and into a quiet neighborhood several miles south of the airport. Pri.org, USA TODAY, "Israel has a system for pushing out refugees it doesn't want," 6 July 2017 Heritage 13 2 29 3 xBirdville 10 5 17 12 xRichland 9 6 18 13 Carter-Riverside 5 8 8 15 Polytechnic4 9 5 15 Dunbar 0 12 x x Eastern Hills 0 12 x x District 9-5A W L W L xCleburne 11 3 25 6 xBurl. Eric Zarate, star-telegram, "Fort Worth softball playoff scores, final baseball standings," 30 Apr. 2017 Heritage 13 2 29 3 xBirdville 10 5 17 12 xRichland 9 6 18 13 Carter-Riverside 5 8 8 15 Polytechnic4 9 5 15 Dunbar 0 12 x x Eastern Hills 0 12 x x District 9-5A W L W L xCleburne 11 3 25 6 xBurl. Eric Zarate, star-telegram.com, "Fort Worth softball playoff scores, final baseball standings," 30 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of polytechnic

Adjective

1798, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polytechnic

Adjective

French polytechnique, from Greek polytechnos skilled in many arts, from poly- + technē art — more at technical

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polytechnic

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: a college or university that provides training in technical and practical sciences

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