technique

noun

tech·​nique tek-ˈnēk How to pronounce technique (audio)
1
: the manner in which technical details are treated (as by a writer) or basic physical movements are used (as by a dancer)
also : ability to treat such details or use such movements
good piano technique
2
a
: a body of technical methods (as in a craft or in scientific research)
b
: a method of accomplishing a desired aim

Examples of technique in a Sentence

We learned some techniques for relieving stress. I used a special technique to make the bread. The players need to practice in order to improve their technique. a dancer with excellent technique The ice-skaters will be judged on technique and creativity.
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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, "technical nature, branch of knowledge, body of technical methods, way of doing something," feminine noun derivative of technique, adjective, "technical," borrowed from New Latin technicus "of the arts or sciences" — more at technical entry 1

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of technique was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Technique.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technique. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

technique

noun
tech·​nique tek-ˈnēk How to pronounce technique (audio)
1
a
: the manner in which details are treated (as by a writer) or basic physical movements are used (as by a dancer)
b
: ability to treat such details or use such movements
perfect piano technique
2
a
: technical methods especially in scientific research
laboratory technique
b
: a method of accomplishing a desired aim
a technique for handling complaints

Medical Definition

technique

noun
tech·​nique tek-ˈnēk How to pronounce technique (audio)
: a method or body of methods for accomplishing a desired end
new surgical techniques

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