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

But a lot of the work is going to be done by the new, young people with the great new techniques and the latest technology and the latest computer algorithms. Jill Cowan, New York Times, "They Call Her ‘the Beyoncé of Earthquakes’: An Interview With Lucy Jones," 10 July 2019 Those phones achieve those big screens sizes in (relatively) small bodies with clever (and expensive) manufacturing techniques and by finding a way to deal with the front-facing selfie camera. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "These rumored Pixel 4 XL renders show just how big its bezels will be," 8 July 2019 Handcrafted paper received a modern makeover in the 13th century, when artisans in Fabriano experimented with new techniques involving animal gelatin and watermarking. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 Entering a 1-on-1 pass rush battle with teammates like Josh Uche or Kwity Paye off the edge with inconsistent technique is a tough deal. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football OL Trevor Keegan has the tools but needs time," 2 July 2019 Incident responders agree with this assessment and note that attackers will capitalize on any technique that sees some success, to infect as many targets as possible and maximize the possibility of return. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Ransomware Hits Georgia Courts As Municipal Attacks Spread," 1 July 2019 Recent advancements in next-generation sequencing techniques allow for billions of DNA sequences to be read easily and simultaneously. Sang Yup Lee, Scientific American, "DNA Data Storage Is Closer Than You Think," 1 July 2019 The program burst into the international spotlight in 2013, when renegade NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked information on U.S. surveillance techniques. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "NSA improperly collected US phone call data after saying problem was fixed," 26 June 2019 Grapes can bring sweetness, acidity and texture to any number of dishes, and those properties can be capitalized on depending on cooking technique. Paul Stephen,, "How to celebrate the savory side of grapes and cook with them," 26 June 2019

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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 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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