Definition of technique in English:



  • 1A way of carrying out a particular task, especially the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure.

    ‘new surgical techniques mean a shorter hospital stay’
    ‘the techniques used by Turner, Rembrandt, and Degas’
    • ‘There are two surgical techniques that can be successfully used for osteoarthritis.’
    • ‘Katharine's work, by contrast, uses the traditional technique of wheel engraving.’
    • ‘Even when the printing technique changed, the images were still based on those plates.’
    • ‘The latest scientific and forensic techniques are being applied to evidence in the case as part of a review.’
    • ‘The construction technique was used extensively from little shanties to small village chapels.’
    • ‘The writers also rejected phonics as a technique for teaching spelling.’
    • ‘The narrative technique is traditional to the point of being old-fashioned, as mentioned above.’
    • ‘It is becoming a scientific technique for controlling the child's development.’
    • ‘We wouldn't be able to license immediately, we would need to go through the procedures for a novel technique.’
    • ‘Canopy management techniques are used to maintain yield and wine quality in such situations.’
    • ‘Patients in the surgery group were operated on by surgeons using a surgical technique of their choice.’
    • ‘With modern surgical techniques, the limb that was once doomed to amputation can often be saved.’
    • ‘The simple answer to this is that there are always new scientific techniques which can reveal more and more.’
    • ‘According to the scientists, the technique could be adapted for use in separating minerals.’
    • ‘However photographic techniques have been used to investigate the separate stages.’
    • ‘The clinic uses conventional and alternative techniques to audit your general health.’
    • ‘This might not be too bad if each surgeon carried out both techniques because there would be some sort of balance.’
    • ‘There are several psychological techniques to help people cope with dementia.’
    • ‘They also say that an undisclosed Mediterranean country has agreed to allow the technique to be carried out.’
    • ‘It's strange how even construction techniques in the tropics can seem exotic.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]Skill or ability in a particular field.
      ‘he has excellent technique’
      [in singular] ‘an established athlete with a very good technique’
      • ‘Of course, it is a tribute to his extraordinary skill and technique and concentration and so forth.’
      • ‘It follows that, by training with players older or better than yourself, your skills and technique improve.’
      • ‘We all have to develop our own swing and our own technique and our own abilities.’
      • ‘With these abilities they can concentrate on skill and technique when it comes to competitive football.’
      • ‘What made him great was not his mastery of technique, but the strength of his vision.’
      • ‘The event is a showcase of not only brute strength, but of technique as well.’
      • ‘If the inflammation resulted from playing sport, professional advice on technique may be necessary.’
      • ‘The aims of the games are identical, and in terms of technique, they share innumerable skills.’
      • ‘Rowing was frustrating because there was so much technique involved.’
      • ‘What we're trying to create is a group with the ability and technique in all aspects of the game.’
      • ‘Like any skill, serious tasting requires a combination of technique and experience.’
      • ‘Rather than a game of skill and technique, golf is turning into a mere test of power.’
      • ‘With his excellent technique and temperament he should be kept in the pivotal position.’
      • ‘His football is elegant and masterful, charged with technique and vision.’
      • ‘The gulf in ability, technique and resources between the sides is vast.’
      • ‘However, I guess your problem is more to do with posture and technique.’
      • ‘They can watch his technique, ability and dedication and it is a big help on their learning curve.’
      • ‘Her pioneering research has provided riders with tools to break habitual patterns and improve technique.’
      • ‘He is so full of ideas when he plays football and has the technique to carry out those ideas.’
      • ‘Yet skill still requires practice and a knowledge about technique and why some things work and others don't.’
      skill, skilfulness, ability, capability, proficiency, expertise, expertness, mastery, talent, genius, artistry, art, craftsmanship, craft
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    2. 1.2A skilful or efficient way of doing or achieving something.
      ‘tape recording is a good technique for evaluating our own communications’
      • ‘This way, quality and output quantity can still be achieved using manual techniques.’
      • ‘The technique is even more efficient when methanol is used instead of glucose.’
      • ‘His special technique of scratching lines into the colour is still frequently used.’
      • ‘So, what is stopping us from adopting this highly efficient technique of conserving water?’
      method, approach, procedure, process, system, method of working, mo, operating procedure, course of action, plan of action, plan of attack, way, manner, mode, fashion, style
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Early 19th century: from French, from Latin technicus (see technic).