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

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 groundbreaking technique could change the way that endangered species and natural ecosystems are studied and protected. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 Jan. 2022 But this technique requires a reference to compare the results against — a reference that might be missing when dealing with a wholly new substance, but that could be sitting on DarkNPS’ list. Doug Johnson, Scientific American, 5 Jan. 2022 This technique can come in handy, however, for plants attached to a support or for blooming air plants (see below for more details). Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Jan. 2022 This technique allows companies like Didi to relist in Hong Kong while avoiding Hong Kong’s two-year listing requirement. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 This hair coloring technique is also perfect for those (like me) who are afraid of potential post-color hair breakage. Sara Miranda, Allure, 13 Dec. 2021 Doctors can’t see any polyps or cancers further into the colon using this technique, the Mayo Clinic notes. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 Afterward, scientists will observe the shift with telescopes on Earth to determine whether this technique could work to protect our planet from a real cosmic threat. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 26 Nov. 2021 This technique has become a huge problem in the fashion world. Beth Ashley,, 19 Nov. 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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“Technique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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