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

  • n. The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.
  • n. The way in which the fundamentals, as of an artistic work, are handled.
  • n. Skill or command in handling such fundamentals. See Synonyms at art1.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

French, technical, technique, from Greek tekhnikos, technical; see technical.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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