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



Definition of technical (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 & Antonyms for technical

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While the event went fine, some other forays into virtual campaigning have had technical problems. Peter Kiefer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Joe Biden Relying on "Big Hollywood Bundlers" as Pandemic Upends Campaign," 27 Mar. 2020 Catching large bass at El Salto often requires more technical skills, such as flipping or slowly working plastics around deep cover. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, "Is This Lake the Best New Bass Fishing Spot in Mexico?," 18 Mar. 2020 When the virus first started appearing in America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had narrow criteria for who could be tested for it, further limiting the number of tests performed on top of the technical problems. NBC News, "'It is a failing. Let's admit it,' Fauci says of coronavirus testing capacity," 12 Mar. 2020 Unfortunately, technical problems with this system had been apparent through multiple failed tests, and other issues had been identified with the hardware involved. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Coronavirus restrictions the final straw for ESA’s Mars Mission," 12 Mar. 2020 Then, during Super Tuesday last week, voting machine malfunctions and other technical problems combined with higher than expected turnout, leaving some voters in Texas and California waiting hours to cast ballots. Joe Davidson,, "Watchdog chides US agency over election security issues," 10 Mar. 2020 Widespread use of disaster recovery sites or home offices could give rise to technical problems, as trading software and compliance systems require a lot of bandwidth. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Could coronavirus shut Wall Street? Banks begin moving staff out," 10 Mar. 2020 There was a technical problem affecting cameras in many branches, the agency said on Twitter. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Camera problem shuts down some services at Secretary of State branches," 2 Mar. 2020 Those concerns had been outlined in memos, reports and emails describing a system burdened by poor management, a lack of training, long work hours, unfilled jobs and technical problems. Sarah Brookbank,, "'He's gonna die': Man's death investigated after 911 call-taker didn't send help," 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Things got heated amid the 30-15 quarter as Oregon pulled away but the teams combined for 13 fouls, including three technicals — Graves, Ionescu and ASU’s Robbi Ryan. oregonlive, "No. 3 Oregon women’s basketball avenges lone Pac-12 loss, blows out No. 19 Arizona State," 9 Feb. 2020 Entering Friday’s game against Charlotte, Toronto’s Nick Nurse had 11 technicals, the most among coaches. Tom Orsborn,, "San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan praised for having teammate’s back," 28 Feb. 2020 The Wizards had cut a 23-point deficit going into the fourth quarter to seven when Doncic and Beal were called for double technicals with 1:09 remaining. Schuyler Dixon,, "Bradley Beal ejected in Wizards’ opening 108-100 loss to Mavericks," 24 Oct. 2019 Green was ejected with 8:13 remaining in the game after a second technical for arguing with the officials, specifically female referee Lauren Holtkamp. USA TODAY, "Golden State forward Draymond Green fined $50,000," 8 Feb. 2018 Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been hit with four technicals this season. Tom Orsborn,, "San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan praised for having teammate’s back," 28 Feb. 2020 Porter, who barked all the way to the bench, picked up a pair of technicals on the play, leading to an early ejection. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers open J.B. Bickerstaff era with 113-108 win against Washington Wizards," 22 Feb. 2020 Brown, Griffin and Middleton were assessed technicals. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Dwane Casey cringes at 'dirty' play claim from Giannis Antetokounmpo," 6 Dec. 2019 The Lady Broncos had an assistant coach ejected from the gym for two technicals, arguing the difference in the penalty situation, post player Lauren Temis was called for an intentional foul in the fourth period. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "FBCA girls topple Bay Area Christian to capture district championship," 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of technical


1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for technical


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.


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“Technical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of technical

: relating to the practical use of machines or science in industry, medicine, etc.
: teaching practical skills rather than ideas about literature, art, etc.
: having special knowledge especially of how machines work or of how a particular kind of work is done


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


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 technically (audio) \ adverb

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