Politecnico: This term comes from the Latin word "Polytecnicus" (i.e. from "polys" plenty and "techne" art). Institute or school where many arts are taught. This term is used also with the meaning of polytechnic educational school referring to a school for educating the students of artillery, military engineering and students for other fields of the public service. This was the first school bearing this name established in 1794 in France; all French artillery officers, etc. and public engineers were certificated by the above school.
(Vocabolario Universale Italiano, published by the SocietÓ Tipografica Tramater e C.I, vol. V, Naples 1835)
Politecnico: referring to many arts depending on sciences, dealing the science of different arts of Polytechnic School, Institute, Society.
(NICOLO' TOMMASEO, Dizionario della lingua italiana, Turin 1861-1879)
Politecnico: referring to, including or which is based on the teaching and study of different sciences and technical and scientific (but also human) subjects or on their application and technological development. Polytechnic Institute (even Polytechnic alone, masculine noun) or Polytechnic School (even Polytechnic alone, feminine noun): high school institute where different sciences are taught in their practical applications. In Italy there are Milan and Turin schools, both of them include the engineering and architecture faculties and different specialist schools in the different branches of the engineering (mainly, the Turin school includes an aeronautic engineering subdivided into the fields of aircrafts and engines); the first institute of this type was the school established in 1794 in Paris (bearing the name of Ecole polytechnique).
(SALVATORE BATTAGLIA, Grande dizionario della lingua italiana, vol. XIII, Turin 1986)
Free and compulsory, general and polytechnic education (supplying theoretical and practical knowledge on all main branches of production) for all students of both sexes up to sixteen years; close correlation of students' education with their productive work, useful for the society.
(PIERO GOBETTI, Scritti politici, edited by Paolo Spriano, Turin 1960)