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[tek-ni-kuh l] /ˈtɛk nɪ kəl/
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, relating 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.
Origin of technical
1610-20; technic + -al1
Related forms
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
Can be confused
technical, technological. Unabridged
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  • In the technical language of the subject, the part of a flag nearest the pole is called the hoist, and the outer part the fly.

    The Flags of the World F. Edward Hulme
  • The technical expression for the rule was that they were annexed to the estate in privity.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • For culture certainly means something quite different from learning or technical skill.

    Science and Education Thomas H. Huxley
  • When he writes of ships he does not tease us with the pedantry of technical terms.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • They are generally successful, and make very good Yankees, in the technical acceptation of the word.

    A Trip to Cuba Julia Ward Howe
British Dictionary definitions for technical


of, relating to, or specializing in industrial, practical, or mechanical arts and applied sciences: a technical institute
skilled in practical and mechanical arts rather than theoretical or abstract thinking
relating to or characteristic of a particular field of activity: the technical jargon of linguistics
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
of, derived from, or showing technique: technical brilliance
(of a financial market) having prices determined by internal speculative or manipulative factors rather than by general or economic conditions: a technical rally
Derived Forms
technically, adverb
technicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for technical

1610s, "skilled in a particular art or subject," formed in English from Greek tekhnikos "of art," from tekhne "art, skill, craft" (see techno-). The sense narrowed to "having to do with the mechanical arts" (1727). 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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