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[tek-nik or for 1, tek-neek] /ˈtɛk nɪk or for 1, tɛkˈnik/
a technicality.
technics, (used with a singular or plural verb) the study or science of an art or of arts in general, especially the mechanical or industrial arts.
Origin of technic
1605-15; (noun) earlier technica < Greek techniká, neuter plural of technikós of art and craft, equivalent to téchn(ē) art, craft + -ikos -ic; (adj.) < Greek technikós Unabridged
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  • The technics of instrumental writing were not sufficiently advanced to admit of high emotional expression.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • I was told that "the technics of sericulture are sure to improve."

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Its technics are most perfect when they serve evenly these parallel purposes.

    The Armed Forces Officer U. S. Department of Defense
  • The practical side of his nature was shown by his easy grasp of the technics of pianoforte-playing.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • The technics of navigation and transportation present new achievements almost daily along all lines.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • This, as the reader will see, includes the transfer of the technics of polyphonic writing from vocal to instrumental music.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • He was able to do this because his predecessors had so fully developed the technics of polyphonic writing.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • In the present work I have the opportunity which so few authors have enjoyed of jettisoning all technics into an Appendix.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • The growth of technics in our own day is a proof of Nature yielding here and there to the demands of life and intellect.

  • Therefore I must ask you for a moment or two to quit the subject of technics, and look what these two woodcuts mean.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for technics


(functioning as sing) the study or theory of industry and industrial arts; technology


(tɛkˈniːk) another word for technique
(ˈtɛknɪk) another word for technics
Word Origin
C17: from Latin technicus, from Greek tekhnikos, from tekhnē art, skill
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Word Origin and History for technics

1850, from technic; also see -ics.



1610s, "technical," from Latin technicus, from Greek tekhnikos "of or pertaining to art," from tekhne (see techno-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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