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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-technics Also -techny, -technical, and -technic.

A technology or skill.

[Greek tekhnē, art, craft.]

Terms in -technics may be regarded as based on technics, technical terms, details, and methods. It and its compounds, though in form plural, are treated as singular.

Examples are geotechnics (Greek , earth), the branch of civil engineering concerned with the study and modification of soil and rocks; pyrotechnics (Greek pur, fire), the art and technology of making fireworks; electrotechnics, the application of electricity in technology; zootechnics (Greek zōion, animal), the art of rearing animals.

The ending -techny has the same meaning as -technics, but its compounds are less common: pyrotechny, zootechny.

Related adjectives are formed either in -technical (geotechnical, electrotechnical), or less commonly in -technic (geotechnic, biotechnic). A polytechnic, however, is a British institution of higher education, now only an historical term.

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