Etymology
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tea-spoon (n.)

also teaspoon, 1680s, from tea + spoon (n.). Related: teaspoonful.

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teat (n.)
mid-13c., from Old French tete "teat" (12c., Modern French tette), from Proto-Germanic *titta (source of Old English titt, see tit). Spanish teta, Italian tetta are from the same source.
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tec (n.)
1879 in thieves' slang as short for detective (n.); 1934 as short for detective story.
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tech (n.)
1906 as short for technical college (or institute, etc.), American English; 1942 as short for technician.
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techie (n.)
one well-versed in the latest technology, by 1984.
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technetium (n.)

1947, coined in Modern Latin from Latinized form of Greek tekhnetos "artificial," from tekhnē "art, skill, craft" (see techno-) + metallic element ending -ium.

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technic (adj.)

1610s, "technical," from Latin technicus, from Greek tekhnikos "of or pertaining to art, made by art," from tekhnē "art, skill, craft" (see techno-). As a noun, "performance method of an art," 1855, a nativization of technique.

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technical (adj.)

1610s, "skilled in a particular art or subject," formed in English from technic + -al (1), or in part from Latinized form of Greek tekhnikos "of art; systematic," in reference to persons "skillful, artistic," from tekhnē "art, skill, craft" (see techno-).

The sense narrowed to "having to do with the mechanical arts" (1727). The basketball technical foul (one which does not involve contact between opponents) is recorded from 1934. The boxing technical knock-out (one in which the loser is not knocked out) is recorded from 1921; abbreviation TKO is from 1940s. Technical difficulty is from 1805.

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technicality (n.)
1814, "that which is peculiar to any science, art, etc.," from technical + -ity. Meaning "technical character or quality" is from 1828. Related: Technicalities.
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