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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Breakthrough Watch is also pursuing a separate mission called TOLIBOY, tentatively set for a 2021 launch, which would search for planets by precisely mapping the motions of Alpha Centauri A and B using a technique called astrometry. Corey S. Powell, Scientific American, "The Hunt Is on for Alpha Centauri’s Planets," 5 Aug. 2019 To do this, Spivack tapped Bruce Ha, a scientist who developed a technique for engraving high-resolution, nano-scale images into nickel. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon," 5 Aug. 2019 McKeever’s approach is more about technique and cross-training. Tom Fitzgerald, SFChronicle.com, "Former Cal swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer retires," 29 July 2019 Most people fishing in the shallow water were drifting streamer flies two or three feet beneath small sinkers -- a technique known variously as flipping, the Russian River Twitch or the Kenai Jerk. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "The silvers are in at Ship Creek. Here’s how I got skunked.," 29 July 2019 In her second cover for the magazine, Olimpia Zagnoli presents a pastel portrait of summer—and of a technique some people use to beat the heat. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Olimpia Zagnoli’s “A Taste of Summer”," 29 July 2019 The material is part of a yearslong recruiting technique by white nationalists to target those vulnerable to their message on forums frequently populated by teenagers. Ben Collins, NBC News, "Instagram account connected to Gilroy shooter pushed staple of white supremacist internet forums," 29 July 2019 Researchers have long known that humans can cause earthquakes by injecting fluid into the ground—a technique used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to break open rocks and release natural gas or petroleum. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Sea of Galilee earthquakes triggered by excessive water pumping," 26 July 2019 Learn about the various techniques of printmaking used by Edgar Degas and how those processes continue to inspire contemporary artists. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brother Benno’s ‘Sip and Paint’ fundraiser to help working poor, homeless," 24 July 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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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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