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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun technique:


The word technique and its family (techniques) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun technique

What does technique mean as a name of something?

Technique is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: techniques

  1. a practical method or art applied to some particular task
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: method = a way of doing something, especially a systematic way
    • more specific terms:
      • antialiasing = a technique that is used to smooth jagged distortions in curves and diagonal lines so they appear smoother
      • Benday process = a photoengraving technique for adding shading or texture or tone to a printed image
      • bonding = a technique for repairing a tooth
      • emulation = technique of one machine obtaining the same results as another
      • immunofluorescence = a technique that uses antibodies linked to a fluorescent dye in order to study antigens in a sample of tissue
      • photomechanics = the technique of using photomechanical methods to make photographs into plates for printing
      • computer simulation / simulation = the technique of representing the real world by a computer program
  2. skillfulness in the command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of technique: proficiency
    • more generic word: skillfulness = the state of being cognitively skillful
    • more specific words:
      • brushwork = an artist's distinctive technique of applying paint with a brush
      • musketry = the technique of using small arms

Alternative definition of the noun technique


  1. [uncountable] The practical aspects of a given art, occupation etc.; formal requirements. [definition from 19th c.]
  2. [uncountable] Practical ability in some given field or practice, often as opposed to creativity or imaginative skill. [definition from 19th c.]
  3. A method of achieving something or carrying something out, especially one requiring some skill or knowledge. [definition from 19th c.]

Specialised definition of the noun technique

Glossary of sports

a way of performing an action (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the sum of sport motor skills of a sport discipline, the optimal form of a movement execution. In addition to motor characteristics and tactics, technique is one of the central elements of the motor learning process, exercising and training. It is a part of sport motor performance. The multitude of technique elements can be divided into groups which represent the continuum between two poles: result-oriented technique elements (in sport disciplines with performances that can be measured directly) and process-oriented (in artistic sport disciplines); condition-oriented (e.g. the 10,000-m run) and coordination-oriented (e.g. 1½ somersault in diving); cyclical (e.g. running) and acyclical (e.g. shot-put); open (e.g. skiing) and closed (e.g. weight-lifting). In order to achieve an optimal sport performance in learning, exercising and training of technique elements on a relative (mass sport) and on an absolute level (top-level sport), a preceding and an accompanying analysis of training is necessary, which allows change and correction. These analyses can be undertaken qualitatively through movement observation under certain criteria (predominantly for technique in artistic sports, but also in sport instruction; movement analysis) and quantitatively, i.e. with the inclusion of natural science, particularly biomechanical (space-time and dynamic-time) parameters, where mechanical, optical, and electronical measurement techniques are used (sport biomechanics). The improvement of sport technique is realized by means of specific technique training. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)


Technique was a female alternative synth pop band from the mid-1990s featuring Kate Holmes of Frazier Chorus and singer Xan Tyler. The band was named after New Order's 1989 album of the same name, and they were signed to Creation Records, the record label owned by Holmes's husband - Alan McGee.


  1. "Technique" is the fifth studio album by the English rock band New Order, released in 1989 via Factory Records. Partly recorded on the island of Ibiza, it incorporates Balearic beat and acid house influences into the group's dance/rock sound.
  2. "Technique" is a composition.
  3. "Technique" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "Technique" is a musical single of Amon Tobin.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  5. "Technique" is a musical album of Motorcitysoul.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  6. "Technique" is a musical single of Oliver Moldan.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  7. "Technique" is a musical EP of Belasco.
    • released in (14 years ago)


"Technique" a.k.a. "Technique!" is a book by Tony Little.


  1. Technique a.k.a. Jutsu: In the manga and anime series Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto, a jutsu refers to the abilities that a ninja can use. The series occurs in a fictional universe in which different countries fight for power using ninja soldiers. The Naruto storyline follows a group of young ninja from the village of Konohagakure. In this series, ninja use jutsu by manipulating a form of energy known as chakra, a combination of the physical and mental energies into either of the other two main jutsus.
  2. The technique used to make the object.

Phrases with Technique

  1. powder technique
  2. Salami Technique
  3. Aseptic Technique
  4. Literary Technique
  5. diagnostic technique
  6. projective technique
  7. split-brain technique
  8. Twelve-tone technique
  9. desensitisation technique
  10. desensitization technique
  11. Program Evaluation and Review Technique

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Technique

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Google previewARO HEALING Touching Lives THEORIES, TECHNIQUES and THERAPIES (2014)

The Techniques and Therapies of Aro-Healing by Lynette Barnard

The Alexander Technique is a way to feel better and move in a more relaxed and comfortable way—the way nature intended.

The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique is the most comprehensive source for information about the ...

Google previewTracheotomy Management (2011)

A Multidisciplinary Approach by Peggy A. Seidman, Elizabeth H. Sinz, David Goldenberg

Sterile technique is the most common method utilized while the patient is still hospitalized and requires the use of a sterile catheter and gloves for each suctioning procedure. The modified sterile technique is the use of a sterile catheter with ...

Google previewGeometry Revisited (1967)

by H. S. M. Coxeter, Samuel L. Greitzer

One such technique is the use of transformations such as rotations, reflections, and dilatations, which provide shortcuts in proving certain theorems and also relate geometry to crystallography and art. This "dynamic" aspect of geometry is the ...

Google previewMixed Signal VLSI Wireless Design (2000)

Circuits and Systems by Emad N. Farag, Mohamed I. Elmasry

An improvement over the basic PLL technique is the fractional-N PLL synthesizer . It uses two feedback division ratios instead of one. These two division ratios would be dynamically altered from one to the other to produce an average division ...

Google previewAcupuncture for Stroke Rehabilitation (2006)

Three Decades of Information from China by Hoy Ping Yee Chan

Prescription based on the flow of qi in the 12 channels15 A large benefit of this technique is that it uses a choice of either...

Leverage in the name of this technique refers to selecting two acupoints on each side of the upper limb or one point on ...

Google previewBioassay Methods in Natural Product Research and Drug Development (2012)

by Lars Bohlin, Jan G. Bruhn

The first technique is an in vivo lethality test in a tiny crustacean, the brine shrimp (Artemia salina). Since its...

The second technique is the inhibition of the development of crown gall tumours on discs of potato tubers [13]. Crown-gall is a ...

Google previewSacred Therapies: The Kundalini Yoga Meditation Handbook for Mental Health (2012)

by David Shannahoff-Khalsa

The first technique is the mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” that is standard tuning-in practice for any Kundalini yoga...

The second disorder-specific technique is a relatively simple one and can be learned and practiced quickly; it is very ...

Google previewEnvironmental Protection Against Radioactive Pollution (2003)

by N. Birsen, Kairat K. Kadyrzhanov

Bayar University, Faculty of Sciences-Arts, Department of Physical Chemistry 45040 Manisa Turkey Ege University Institute of Nuclear Sciences 35100 Bornova Izmir Turkey Abstract Laser fluorescence technique is an instrumental method, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of New Age Beliefs (1996)

by John Ankerberg, John Weldon

Creative kinesiology Health kinesiology Lepore technique (LePore technique) Life care kinesiology (Life Care) Optimum Health Balance Professional Kinesiology Practice (PKP, PKP approach) Psycho-kinetic health (PKH) Self-help for stress ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia Of Quilting and Patchwork Techniques (2005)

by Katharine Guerrier

"Appliqu£ Perse" or "Broderie Perse" is a technique of cutting motifs from printed fabrics, and rearranging them on a plain background before stitching them down. Originally a means of making rare and expensive fabrics go further, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms (1987)

by Roger Fowler

culture, evaluation technique Style as a deliherate procedore; literary and artistic craftsmanship, connoting formal rather than affective or expressive valoes. Every writer has, of course, employed a (more or less conventional) ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

technique. A method of taking a periapical *radiograph such that the xray tube is placed at 90° to a line bisecting the angle between the long axis of the tooth and the periapical film. The method is designed to reduce distortion ...

Google previewThe Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (1999)

Volume 18 - Wireless Multiple Access Adaptive Communications Technique to Zworykin: Vladimir Kosma by Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent

Volume 18 - Wireless Multiple Access Adaptive Communications Technique to Zworykin: Vladimir Kosma Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent. Contention free services Contention services and basis for the PCF U < o ...

Google previewDICTIONARY OF MEDICAL TERMS,6th ed. (2012)

Technique for stress reduction and relaxation that allows the patient to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve health and enhance the quality of life. The ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred ...

Google previewThe MMA Encyclopedia (2010)

by Jonathan Snowden, Kendall Shields

Although there exists a variety of techniques that are properly classified as arm bars, the term is generally used in mixed martial arts to refer specifically to the technique known to practitioners of judo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as juji gatame ( cross ...

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Quotes about Technique

Pure mathematics is on the whole distinctly more useful than applied. For what is useful above all is technique, and mathematical technique is taught mainly through pure mathematics. (G.H. Hardy)
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The value of this 9-letter word is 23 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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