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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Associating hard-to-recall nuggets with familiar spaces (this technique is called building a memory palace). Teen Vogue, "How to Study for Finals: 22 Fail-Proof Study Tips for Students," 9 Apr. 2019 With this technique, astronomers can almost completely block out the light from the star, allowing them to clearly observe all kinds of exoplanets. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "New Method For Studying Exoplanets Could Tell Us Far More About Alien Worlds," 29 Mar. 2019 Not every food is suited to this technique, but for ingredients that are, there’s no better, more sophisticated or more pure way of cooking. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "The Art of Eating Simply," 21 Feb. 2019 Steyn wondered if this technique could be used again. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 This ear-popping technique is simple but effective. Brian Sumers, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Pop Your Ears on a Plane—And Why They Pop, Anyway," 10 Sep. 2018 But the real-life version of this technique would rely entirely on robotic spacecraft, not nobly self-sacrificing miners. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Asteroid Billiards: This Wild Idea to Protect Earth Just Might Work," 24 Aug. 2018 Florida Weave Used commercially for determinate varieties, this training technique supports tomatoes with twine woven horizontally between rows of stakes. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "The 4 Best Ways to Support Your Tomato Plants," 19 July 2018 Moser and his team of scientists performed this technique in adult Mongolian gerbils instead of mice or rats, which were used in previous studies. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 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 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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