technique

noun
tech·nique | \ tek-ˈnēk \

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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The technique: Building the cocktail is a big part of the Spanish gin tonic experience. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018 Starry uses an entirely different technique that’s based on Wi-Fi, although chief executive Chet Kanojia has said his company might eventually migrate to 5G if it can be done at a reasonable cost. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Internet service Starry, aiming to take on its bigger rivals, raises $100 million," 5 July 2018 Based at his simple rustic guesthouse, Landhaus, visitors can tour the winery, sampling the 30 different wines Opitz makes each year; in the autumn months, grapes are dried on straw matting following an ancient Roman technique. Robert Joseph, A-LIST, "Hired It Through The Grapevine," 2 July 2018 Shaving your face is essentially dermaplaning, an exfoliation technique that can help with skin turnover and clogged pores. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria's Secret Angel Josephine Skriver's Skin Routine Involves an Otter-Inspired Sheet Mask," 26 June 2018 Kaltofen used an unusual technique that involves both electron microscopy and a specialized X-ray analysis that can detect extremely low levels of radioactive particles. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Study: Traces of radioactive contamination found in homes of six Hanford workers," 14 June 2018 For months, police across the country have been using a device called a GrayKey to unlock dormant iPhones, using an undisclosed technique to sidestep Apple’s default disk encryption. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Apple will update iOS to block police hacking tool," 13 June 2018 Larry uses an art technique called pouncing which transfers an image from one surface to another. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Hurricane Harvey mural in progress in Westchase District," 11 June 2018 Principal oboist Richard Woodhams, who is retiring at the end of the season and is considered to be the star of the Philadelphia Orchestra, divulged an unorthodox technique for keeping moisture from building up in unwanted corners of the instrument. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Orchestra plays Tel Aviv in its second of three shows in Israel," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of technique

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for technique

French, from technique technical, from Greek technikos

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technique

noun

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

technique

noun
tech·nique | \ tek-ˈnēk \

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.

technique

noun
tech·nique | \ tek-ˈnēk \

Medical Definition of technique 

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

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