Definition of technique in US English:

technique

noun

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

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

Early 19th century: from French, from Latin technicus (see technic).

Pronunciation

technique

/tɛkˈnik//tekˈnēk/