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 Effective vocabulary retention isn’t impossible and doesn’t require some secret technique. John Alexander, Wired, "If You Can Learn Twitch-Speak, You Can Learn a Language," 12 Feb. 2021 How good is Zendaya’s mac-and-cheese technique, really? Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "Let Us Ponder Zendaya Sexily, Sadly Making Boxed Mac and Cheese in Malcolm & Marie," 5 Feb. 2021 The current inhabitants of ballet TikTok might simply ignore corporate offerings, especially if company accounts end up as technique showcases. New York Times, "On Ballet TikTok, a Place for Young Dancers to Be Real," 5 Feb. 2021 In addition, the 5-9, 188-pound speedster showed effective hand technique to defeat press coverage as well, which is a must for a receiver of Eskridge’s size in the NFL. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 5 standouts from Senior Bowl week and how they’d fit with the Dallas Cowboys," 29 Jan. 2021 One promising technique is known as direct air capture, or DAC, machines that scrub the atmosphere of CO2. Matt Simon, Wired, "Is It Time for an Emergency Rollout of Carbon-Eating Machines?," 26 Jan. 2021 Performed on wide, groomed lanes, this technique mimics the fluid, side-to-side motion of skating. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Cross-Country Skiing," 21 Jan. 2021 With the right spray, cloth, and technique, your windows will have never looked better. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Clean Windows, According to Our Cleaning Lab," 20 Jan. 2021 As a football lifer who seemed most comfortable with a blocking pad in his hands teaching technique to linemen, Marrone did not always appear entirely at ease with the attention and scrutiny that came along with being the public face of a franchise. Mike Rodak |, al, "What Alabama is getting in offensive line coach Doug Marrone," 20 Jan. 2021

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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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23 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Technique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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