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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Great entertainers use this technique to relate to and win over their audience. Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 This technique can prevent mitochondrial disease being passed through mitochondrial DNA, though not via nuclear genome. Walter G. Johnson And Diana M. Bowman, STAT, 24 Apr. 2022 This technique offers a wonderful opportunity for on-the-job training: The essence of such training comes from coworkers answering questions and showing junior staff what to do. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2022 In 2019, Wendy Freedman of the University of Chicago and colleagues used this technique to estimate H0, finding that their value sits smack in the middle of the early- and late-universe estimates. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, 18 Apr. 2022 This technique will ensure flavorful slices with crackling edges in no time. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 This technique only works with small whole potatoes, so unfortunately there is no analog for sweet potatoes here. Casey Barber, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 Since stress is a migraine trigger for some people, this technique may help fend off migraines. Abigail Libers, SELF, 24 Mar. 2022 The researchers are hopeful this new genealogical mapping technique will be useful to other scientists in the future. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Technique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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