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 One technique for sterilizing soil is called solarizing. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, "Yes, You Can Reuse Your Potting Soil Instead of Tossing It at the End of the Season," 16 Oct. 2020 In the 20th century, the Javanese also developed a wood-block printing technique for batik. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, "What Is Batik?," 7 Oct. 2020 Plus, one small study suggests that when people are taught proper technique for collecting their own sample, self-testing yields results that can be just as accurate as those performed by health care workers. Allison Duncan,, "3 Types of COVID-19 Tests, and Which One Is the Most Accurate," 7 Oct. 2020 And, Kristen offers a straightforward technique for pan-frying pieces in her Green Curry-Coconut Quinoa With Tofu that is worth perfecting for its crispy outside, creamy inside result. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food cooking Q&A: Readers share tofu recipes, tips and more," 23 Sep. 2020 The new survey is the most refined implementation yet of a technique for revealing the unseen. Quanta Magazine, "A New Cosmic Tension: The Universe Might Be Too Thin," 8 Sep. 2020 About 200 patients worldwide have tried the technique for depression, Widge said. Sarah Mcbride,, "Elon Musk’s Claims About Brain Company Mostly Backed by Science," 28 Aug. 2020 About 200 patients worldwide have tried the technique for depression, Widge said. Sarah Mcbride, Fortune, "Elon Musk’s brain company plans a big reveal on Friday. Here’s what we already know," 27 Aug. 2020 Hair plopping isn’t new—curly girls on YouTube have been demonstrating the styling technique for years, but its recent resurgence on TikTok has people rediscovering the benefits of the #PlopLife. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Hair Plopping 101: The Viral Styling Technique for Defined Curls," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Technique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce technique (audio)

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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