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 This technique works better in some moments than others. Los Angeles Times, "Review: If you can bear to read one pandemic dystopia in 2021, this should probably be it," 14 May 2021 To further sweeten the deal, the new Miss Audrey Sweet Art watch, the first watch to use this dial decoration technique, can be used three ways: as a wristwatch, a pendant watch or a desk clock, without the use of a tool to change it. Carol Besler, Robb Report, "Sweet Watch! Bovet Is Literally Sugar Coating the Dials of Its Latest Timepieces," 12 May 2021 Some chefs like to lightly toast the rice with spices before adding the water, this technique helps the rice develop a nutty flavor. Flora Tsapovsky, Southern Living, "The Best Way To Cook Jasmine Rice To Perfection," 12 May 2021 This technique works well for everything from chops and steaks to whole tenderloins and even slices of denser vegetables such as sweet potatoes and fennel. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, "Taming The Flame: A Grilling Refresher On Controlling The Heat," 10 May 2021 This morphing technique could likely control the shape of any swellable material, and not just edible foods, Yao said. ABC News, "Groovy flat-packed pasta could help revolutionize food production," 9 May 2021 For Gris, this technique would revolutionize his cubist still lifes. John Zotos, Dallas News, "DMA exhibition reveals why Juan Gris is more important than you thought," 7 May 2021 This technique is called macerating and allows the fruit to soften and the natural juices to come out. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Pavlova Is the Showstopping Dessert Your Menu Needs—Here's How to Make It," 3 May 2021 The trouble with this technique is that John Clark apparently has to be in the car himself when attempting it. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "Without Remorse Is Also Without a Single Moment of Excitement," 29 Apr. 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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18 May 2021

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“Technique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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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