belonging or pertaining to an art, science, or the like: technical skill.
peculiar to or characteristic of a particular art, science, profession, trade, etc.: technical details.
using terminology or treating subject matter in a manner peculiar to a particular field, as a writer or a book: a technical report.
skilled in or familiar in a practical way with a particular art, trade, etc., as a person.
of, pertaining to, or showing technique.
technically demanding or difficult: a technical violin sonata; a technical ski run.
designed or used for technically demanding sports or other activities: technical apparel.
pertaining to or connected with the mechanical or industrial arts and the applied sciences: a technical school.
so considered from a point of view in accordance with a stringent interpretation of the rules: a military engagement ending in a technical defeat.
concerned with or dwelling on technicalities: You're getting too technical for me.
noting a market in which prices are determined largely by supply and demand and other such internal factors rather than by general business, economic, or psychological factors that influence market activity: technical weakness or strength.

1610–20; technic + -al

technically, adverb
technicalness, noun
hypertechnical, adjective
hypertechnically, adverb
hypertechnicalness, noun
nontechnical, adjective
nontechnically, adverb
nontechnicalness, noun
overtechnical, adjective
overtechnically, adverb
pretechnical, adjective
pretechnically, adverb
quasi-technical, adjective
quasi-technically, adverb
untechnical, adjective
untechnically, adverb

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technical (ˈtɛknɪkəl)
1.  of, relating to, or specializing in industrial, practical, or mechanical arts and applied sciences: a technical institute
2.  skilled in practical and mechanical arts rather than theoretical or abstract thinking
3.  relating to or characteristic of a particular field of activity: the technical jargon of linguistics
4.  existing by virtue of a strict application of the rules or a strict interpretation of the wording: a technical loophole in the law; a technical victory
5.  of, derived from, or showing technique: technical brilliance
6.  (of a financial market) having prices determined by internal speculative or manipulative factors rather than by general or economic conditions: a technical rally

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Word Origin & History

1617, "skilled in a particular art or subject," formed in Eng. from Gk. tekhnikos "of art," from tekhne "art, skill, craft" (see techno-). The sense narrowed to "having to do with the mechanical arts" (1727). Technicality is from 1814. Basketball technical foul (one which
does not involve contact between opponents) is recorded from 1934. Boxing technical knock-out (one in which the loser is not knocked out) is recorded from 1921; abbreviation TKO is from 1940s.
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