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

  • adjective Offering, receiving, or dealing with instruction in many industrial arts and applied sciences.
  • noun A school specializing in the teaching of industrial arts and applied sciences.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Concerning or comprehending many arts: noting specifically educational institutions in which instruction is given in many arts, more particularly with reference to their practical application.
  • noun An exhibition of objects belonging to the industrial arts and manufactures
  • noun An educational institution, especially for instruction in technical subjects. A number of such institutions are in successful operation in London.

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

  • adjective Comprehending, or relating to, many arts and sciences; -- applied particularly to schools in which many branches of art and science are taught with especial reference to their practical application; ; also to exhibitions of machinery and industrial products.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective that teaches applied arts and sciences rather than academic subjects
  • noun An educational institute that teaches applied arts and sciences rather than academic subjects

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

  • noun a technical school offering instruction in many industrial arts and applied sciences


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poly- +‎ technic


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  • I got to know about this series through my lecturer Mr. Lau who thought me scriptwriting in polytechnic.

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  • John Kadzanja, registrar of the polytechnic, which is part of the University of Malawi, told AFP the decision to close down had been taken to avoid deaths.

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  • Thus, when today we talk about this hospital being inaugurated and talk about this health polytechnic, which is already is in operation, and talk about this school of medicine whose construction has begun.


  • It led free-thinking historians to a ridiculous exaggeration of Jeanne's intellectual faculties, to the absurdity of attributing military talent to her and to the substitution of a kind of polytechnic phenomenon for the fifteenth century's artless marvel.

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  • "polytechnic" and "specialized;" an odd turn, which became possible because the technology is efficient enough to let people do today more things than it was possible in the past.

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  • The country has around 7,500 technical institutes for higher education and only 2,500 polytechnic institutes, according to data available with the All India Council for Technical Education, the technical education regulator.

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  • Yes, but AFTER he got his doctorate at Zurich polytechnic.

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  • At that time, one generation ago, I was involved in admissions to an engineering department in a polytechnic and we were turning down for HND, never mind our BEng, candidates much stronger than those being accepted for many degree courses today.

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  • Dimitris Hadzisokratis, who led the occupation of Athens polytechnic in 1973, a heroic moment of resistance that began the overthrow of Greece's military junta, is now the leader of the Greek Democratic Left party.

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  • The 58-year-old Safar holds a doctorate in agricultural sciences from a French polytechnic center and was the dean of Damascus University's agricultural faculty from 1997-2000.

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