[pol-ee-tek-nik] /ˌpɒl iˈtɛk nɪk/

of, relating to, or offering instruction in a variety of industrial arts, applied sciences, or technical subjects:
a polytechnic institute.
a school or other institution in which instruction in technical subjects is given.
(Brit) a college offering advanced full- and part-time courses, esp vocational courses, in many fields at and below degree standard
of or relating to technical instruction and training

1805, “pertaining to instruction in many (technical) subjects,” from French École Polytechnique, engineering school founded 1794 (as École des Travaux publics) in Paris; from Greek polytekhnos “skilled in many arts,” from polys “many” (see poly-) + tekhne “art” (see techno-). As a noun (short for polytechnic institution) from 1836.


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