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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Recent Examples on the Web

Since 2013, Los Angeles County’s 2,800 firefighters have been trained to consider using the water-first technique. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018 In a nod to the artistic technique of pouring paint on canvas, Cruz suspends chrysalises above watercolor paper. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 And so trying to find the techniques that the bad guys, the black hats, would use to rank highly, get ahead of that. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018 Attendees learn survival techniques along with how to plan ahead and collect necessary resources and essential gear. Linda Mcintosh,, "Escondido gets 90+ firefighting jackets," 5 July 2018 Others are learning new burglary techniques online. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Protecting your property – and yourself – in Southcentral Alaska: Troopers and police share their tips," 1 July 2018 Some of that is physical adjustment, learning new techniques and keys. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Reese Taylor shifts from Ben Davis quarterback to IU cornerback," 27 June 2018 Narongsak said the boys and coach might need to wait for the waters to subside or learn basic scuba-diving techniques to get out. George Styllis,, "Divers mount frantic search for boys' soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand," 26 June 2018 Learn techniques to minimize muscle spasms and vision decline. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breathe events: Eating right, feeling well and getting moving," 13 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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The first known use of technique was in 1817

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of technique 

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

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