n. & adj.
—n. an institution of higher education offering courses in many (esp. vocational) subjects at degree level or below.
—adj. dealing with or devoted to various vocational or technical subjects.
Etymology: F polytechnique f. Gk polutekhnos (as POLY-(1) tekhne art)

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