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English definition of “polytechnic”

polytechnic

noun [C]     /ˌpɒl.ɪˈtek.nɪk/ US  /ˌpɑː.lɪ-/ (informal poly)
(especially in Britain before 1992) a college where students study for degrees, especially in technical subjects, or train for particular types of work: a polytechnic student/course I considered applying to university, but I eventually decided to go to the local poly. → Compare universityUniversity and college education
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