American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The theory, principles, or study of an art or a process.
- n. Technical details, rules, or methods.
- n. Variant of technique.
- adj. Technical.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as technical.
- n. The method of performance or manipulation in any art, or that peculiar to any artist or school; technical skill or manipulation; artistic execution; specifically, in music, a collective term for all that relates to the purely mechanical part of either vocal or instrumental performance, but most frequently applied to the latter. The technic of a performer may be perfect, and yet his playing be devoid of expression, and fail to interpret intelligibly the ideas of the composer. Also used in the French form technique.
- n. Same as technics.
- n. The method of performance in any art.
- n. plural Technical terms or objects; things pertaining to the practice of an art or science.
- n. plural The doctrine of arts in general; such branches of learning as respect the arts.
- adj. Technical
GNU Webster's 1913
- From Greek tekhnikos, of art, from tekhnē, art; see technical. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Eleanor was surprised to find that Quin, while ignorant of the meaning of the word technic nevertheless had decided and worth-while opinions about every detail, and that his comments were often startlingly pertinent.”
“Let us use the word technic in its large sense, the sense which includes all that pertains to the executive side of piano playing.”
“Sudermann is not a representative naturalist; his technic is a compromise between the older practice and the new theories.”
“The technic is the usual one for laryngeal operations.”
“It is in this significance that Harold Bauer calls technic "an art in itself.”
“A glass vase is used a technic, which is glass blowing and molding to create different surface between outside and inside.”
“Psychiatry has been furnished with a body of well-arranged facts, and with a technic which is not inferior in system and precision to that of many other branches of medicine.”
“Musicians speak of "technic" in playing and artists of "technic" in painting.”
“Further, the growing mastery of technic which is so clearly perceptible in the comedies of the second period must have been accompanied by a restlessness under the hampering conditions as to the manipulation of character and plot which were imposed by the less plastic material of the chronicles.”
“But this seeking for the right effect has little to do with the kind of technic which necessitates one to keep every muscle employed in piano-playing properly exercised, and I may reiterate with all possible emphasis that the source of my technical equipment is scales, scales, scales.”
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