technique

noun
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

Her company's smart vibrator collects data about users' vaginal temperature and movements through an app, which keeps them informed about how their body works and what techniques work best for them personally. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "6 Women-Led Sex Start-ups That Want to Change How You Think About Pleasure," 22 Mar. 2019 If scientists can ever isolate the genes—which may vary by species—that control Diamond’s six traits and combine that knowledge with techniques like artificial insemination, many of the barriers to domestication should disappear. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Why Are Some Animals Impossible To Domesticate?," 13 Mar. 2019 In his own spaces and in his products, Adler achieves an eclectic look by incorporating materials and techniques from around the world—and imprinting them with his personal touch. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Do Glam Interiors Right," 11 Mar. 2019 Tuchel, therefore, needs strong holding midfielders against Pogba, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic — an impressive trio blending strength, tenacity and technique. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "PSG fans have cause to worry ahead of Manchester United game," 10 Feb. 2019 Using a sourdough starter is a level up from the most basic bread making techniques, because the only way to get one is to make it yourself. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Bread Even If You're a Beginner in the Kitchen," 8 Mar. 2019 According to WebMD, 95 percent of men with premature ejaculation are helped by behavioral techniques that help control ejaculation. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 Reasons Your Husband Doesn't Want to Have Sex," 21 Feb. 2019 Thanks to advances in a type of brain imaging technique called a PET scan, scientists are able, in a research setting, to identify what researchers believe is one of Alzheimer’s biological markers: amyloid plaques. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Lawyers for the police department argued that the media’s public records requests were costly and time-consuming and releasing the information could disclose investigative techniques. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Las Vegas shooting witness accounts recall 'tons of gunshots,' 'people dead everywhere'," 2 Oct. 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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The first known use of technique was in 1817

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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 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.

technique

noun
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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