tech·​nique | \ tek-ˈnēk How to pronounce technique (audio) \

Definition of technique

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
2a : a body of technical methods (as in a craft or in scientific research)
b : a method of accomplishing a desired aim

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The ambassador nudges those sea lions back into the bay with a large wooden board, having been trained in the nudging technique by sea lion behaviorists at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Steve Rubenstein,, "Arp, arp, arp. Sea lions still hanging around Pier 39 — 30 years later," 17 Jan. 2020 Plus, these kinds of robo-organisms could possibly be the key to drug delivery in the body or greener environmental cleanup techniques. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Are the First Living Robots: Machines Made from Frog Stem Cells," 14 Jan. 2020 All vegetables and fruits are salad ingredients, and the more variety the better, including in cooking technique. Justin Ward,, "The secret to building a tasty, satisfying salad," 1 Jan. 2020 To be certified in the technique, clinicians must learn either directly from Grand or from someone approved by his company, Brainspotting Trainings Inc., which keeps a percentage of their fees. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Ideas Lab reports on how to solve problems in Wisconsin. Here are a few things we looked at in 2019.," 27 Dec. 2019 All staff have been retrained on defusing dangerous situations, and in new techniques to avoid excessive restraint and seclusion that got the hospital into regulatory jeopardy to begin with, according to DHSS. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "A lot has happened over the past year at Alaska Psychiatric Institute. Here’s where things stand now.," 14 Dec. 2019 The years during which rat kings were found with the greatest frequency — roughly 1720 to 1850 — coincide with a number of advances that helped determine which rat kings survive today: advances in preservation techniques, for one. Adrian Daub, Longreads, "All Hail the Rat King," 13 Dec. 2019 Second quarter Ohio State 21, Michigan 13: An error in technique put Ohio State in position to score. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football wilts against Ohio State, 56-27: Here's how Wolverines lost the big one," 30 Nov. 2019 Not only does an inherent bias exist in staffing for photo gigs (or just about any kind of hiring, really), but a bias also lies in the technique. Brianna Holt, Quartz at Work, "After 33 years in modeling, Naomi Campbell is finally getting to work with black photographers," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of technique

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for technique

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

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The first known use of technique was in 1817

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27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Technique.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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How to pronounce technique (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of technique

: a way of doing something by using special knowledge or skill
: the way that a person performs basic physical movements or skills


tech·​nique | \ tek-ˈnēk How to pronounce technique (audio) \

Kids Definition of technique

1 : the way in which basic physical movements or skills are used The players practiced basic techniques.
2 : the ability to use basic physical movements and skills The pianist is admired for her technique.
3 : a way of doing something using special knowledge or skill Here's a good technique to help you relax.


tech·​nique | \ tek-ˈnēk How to pronounce technique (audio) \

Medical Definition of technique

: a method or body of methods for accomplishing a desired end new surgical techniques

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