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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The basic method for making or doing something, such as an artistic work or scientific procedure.
  • noun Skill or command in a particular activity: synonym: skill.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as technic: used especially in criticism of music and art.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The method or manner of performance in any art; -- also called technic.
  • noun The body of technical methods and procedures used in a science or craft.
  • noun the detailed movements used for executing an artistic performance; technical skill; artistic execution.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a practical method or art applied to some particular task
  • noun skillfulness in the command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, technical, technique, from Greek tekhnikos, technical; see technical.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French technique ("technicality; branch of knowledge"), noun use of technique ("technical"), from Ancient Greek τεχνικός (technikos, "of or pertaining to art, artistic, skilful"), from τέχνη (techne, "art, handicraft"), from τίκτειν (tiktein, "to bring forth, produce").

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