technical

adjective
tech·​ni·​cal | \ ˈtek-ni-kəl How to pronounce technical (audio) \

Definition of technical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having special and usually practical knowledge especially of a mechanical or scientific subject a technical consultant
b : marked by or characteristic of specialization technical language
2a : of or relating to a particular subject
b : of or relating to a practical subject organized on scientific principles a technical school
3a : based on or marked by a strict or legal interpretation
4 : of or relating to technique
5 : of, relating to, or produced by ordinary commercial processes without being subjected to special purification technical sulfuric acid
6 : relating to or caused by the functioning of the market as a discrete mechanism not influenced by macroeconomic factors a technical rally

technical

noun

Definition of technical (Entry 2 of 2)

basketball
: technical foul Knight walked to the scorer's table to continue his protest and was given the second technical and an automatic ejection from the game.The New York Times

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of technical in a Sentence

Adjective If you have any problems with your new computer, we offer 24-hour technical support. I missed the first 10 minutes of the show because the network was experiencing technical difficulties . Technical experts analyzed the data. The film's director hired a real police officer as a technical consultant. a pianist with good technical skills The essay is too technical for me. the more technical details of their research “Cartography” is the technical name for the making of maps. He is using the word in its technical sense. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Those kinds of players, the ones who are a little smarter, or a little more technical, are harder to find now. New York Times, 6 May 2022 For example, in industries where employees are required to operate highly technical machinery, this could be the perfect simulation solution. Anthony Wong, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Having a good coach is obviously one way, but also set up a camera and film yourself, especially on the more technical movements. Spenser Mestel, Men's Health, 20 Apr. 2022 The work has largely been technical, tweaking Nolan’s footwork to improve accuracy. oregonlive, 14 Apr. 2022 Things also will normalize on a more technical level. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 14 Apr. 2022 The six-page ruling was highly technical, and the judge did not offer a resounding endorsement of the special counsel’s case. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Performing a zip is a highly technical process that requires a particular environment and execution. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 11 Apr. 2022 Jackson’s majority opinions will likely come in more technical low-stakes cases that don’t fall along the court’s typical ideological lines. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Creighton coach Greg McDermott was so vexed that he was called for a technical for the first time since 2018. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Feb. 2022 Davie missed part of the second quarter after his second foul and was called for a double technical with Cayden Reed late in the third quarter for his fourth foul. James Weber, The Enquirer, 8 Mar. 2022 Furious at not receiving a foul call, DeRozan snarled at the referees until the whistle finally blew, resulting in his ejection for a second technical. Julia Poe, chicagotribune.com, 27 Feb. 2022 Then when Paul made contact with him from behind, Orr gave him a second technical that led to an automatic ejection. Duane Rankin, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2022 Then when Paul made contact with him from behind, Orr gave him a second technical that led to an automatic ejection. Duane Rankin, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2022 Then when Paul made contact with him from behind, Orr gave him a second technical that led to an automatic ejection. Duane Rankin, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2022 The immediate impact of the second technical was a five-point swing. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 5 Mar. 2022 Point guard Khayla Pointer finished with 27 points for LSU, whose coach, Kim Mulkey, picked up a last-minute technical. Tim Buckley, The Courier-Journal, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of technical

Adjective

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for technical

Adjective

New Latin technicus "of the arts or sciences" (borrowed from Greek technikós "skillful, proficient in an art or craft, artificial," from téchnē "art, craft, proficiency in an art or craft, systematic method of performing or engaging in an art, manner, way, (in plural) wiles, cunning" + -ikos -ic entry 1) + -al entry 1; téchnē going back to Indo-European *tetḱ- or *teḱ-s- "fashion, produce" + *-(s)neh2, noun suffix — more at tectonic

Note: Regarding the nature of the root *tetḱ-/*teḱ-s-, see note at tectonic.

Noun

by shortening

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technical

adjective
tech·​ni·​cal | \ ˈtek-ni-kəl How to pronounce technical (audio) \

Kids Definition of technical

1 : having special knowledge especially of a mechanical or scientific subject a technical expert
2 : relating to a practical or scientific subject a technical book on electronics
3 : according to a strict explanation of the rules or facts a technical knockout in boxing

Other Words from technical

technically adverb

technical

adjective
tech·​ni·​cal | \ ˈtek-ni-kəl How to pronounce technical (audio) \

Medical Definition of technical

1a : marked by or characteristic of specialization
b : of or relating to a special field or subject
2 : of or relating to technique a surgeon with great technical skill
3 : of, relating to, or produced by ordinary commercial processes without being subjected to special purification technical sulfuric acid

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technically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce technical (audio) \ adverb

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