the manner and ability with which an artist, writer, dancer, athlete, or the like employs the technical skills of a particular art or field of endeavor.
the body of specialized procedures and methods used in any specific field, especially in an area of applied science.
method of performance; way of accomplishing.
technical skill; ability to apply procedures or methods so as to effect a desired result.
Informal. method of projecting personal charm, appeal, etc.: He has the greatest technique with customers.

Origin of technique

1810–20; < French: technical (adj.), technic (noun) < Greek technikós, techniká; see technic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of technique

Historical Examples of technique

  • His technique was faulty, his colors daring, perhaps—but his triumph was for that the greater.

  • I used to stand before it for hours, studying the technique.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • With me it is the technique that is to seek; with you the ideas!

  • And the colour of the hair, and the technique, the flow of the whole composition.

  • You're the creediest kids I ever saw, your religion is style, technique and form.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for technique




a practical method, skill, or art applied to a particular task
proficiency in a practical or mechanical skill
special facility; knackhe had the technique of turning everything to his advantage

Word Origin for technique

C19: from French, from technique (adj) technic
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Word Origin and History for technique

1817, from French technique "formal practical details in artistic expression," noun use of adj. technique "of art, technical," from Greek tekhnikos (see techno-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

technique in Medicine




The skill and procedure with which a surgical operation or experiment, for example, is carried out.
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