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 Through the program, local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities. Scott Springer,, "Harrison getting new turf fields courtesy of Bengals, NFL Grassroots Program," 16 Jan. 2020 While Fed officials have said repeatedly that their interventions are technical, there is skepticism on that point among many financial market participants. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "New York Fed Adds $74.2 Billion to Markets in Two Operations," 16 Jan. 2020 After being tied at halftime, Arizona held a 41-37 lead early in the second half when Miller found himself again arguing a no-call, this time picking up a technical in the process. Bruce Pascoe, azcentral, "Hot-shooting Oregon State takes apart No. 24 Arizona in second half, wins by 17," 12 Jan. 2020 When the foul was called, Warren followed him, clapping loudly as a taunt and was assessed a technical. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Miami Heat rout Indiana Pacers to throw a wet blanket on good news about Victor Oladipo," 9 Jan. 2020 It is backed by the UK government and run by Expertise France—the French public agency for international technical assistance—in partnership with local mobile telecoms company Libyana. Dominic Dudley, Quartz Africa, "How to raise startup funding in a war-torn economy," 3 Jan. 2020 Its purpose is to provide research, technical assistance and training to state leaders, public and private, that support and enhance economic development within the state. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, "North Little Rock gives nod to look at evolving downtown," 27 Dec. 2019 The group then analyzed which skills are needed in would-be employees, and discovered many fields are searching for workers with technical abilities. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Want a factory job? You may need a college degree," 10 Dec. 2019 His smaller stature and incredible technical ability led many to suggest centerman or wing. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Where the hockey education of Avalanche rookie sensation Cale Makar began," 8 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lowry and Siakam were whistled for technicals for complaining. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons get reinforcements, but they're no match vs. Raptors in 112-99 loss," 19 Dec. 2019 And Hassan Whiteside and Saric were called for double technicals on a play with 5:29 left in the third. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Marco Belinelli on Game 5: 'It's going to be another war'," 24 Apr. 2018 These days, the technicals almost always prompt blank stares and bug eyes all around. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Three seasons into a cast shake-up, ‘The Great British Baking Show’ is about as sweet as ever," 1 Nov. 2019 And at the 8:15 mark of the third quarter, Belinelli and Heat point guard Goran Dragic received double technicals. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Marco Belinelli on Game 5: 'It's going to be another war'," 24 Apr. 2018 Green picked up his fifth playoff technical in the third quarter of Game 4 with the Warriors trailing, 64-63. Matt Schneidman, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ Draymond Green has to be extra careful in Game 6," 12 June 2019 Rondo and the Blazers' Zach Collins were assessed technicals at that half-ending sequence. Christopher Dabe,, "Tempers between Pelicans, Blazers flare late in first half of Game 4," 21 Apr. 2018 Ensuring those five fouls are only personal fouls — and not technicals — is a good middle ground. Tim Bontemps,, "The NCAA tournament is great — except for the actual basketball. Here's how to fix that.," 26 Mar. 2018 Teague was ejected for his hit on Rubio, and Crowder was ejected later on after collecting two technicals, one for exchanging words with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Dwyane Wade calls Jimmy Butler-Jae Crowder Twitter trash talk a little 'Marquette family affair'," 3 Mar. 2018

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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


Greek technikos of art, skillful, from technē art, craft, skill; akin to Greek tektōn builder, carpenter, Latin texere to weave, Sanskrit takṣati he fashions

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20 Jan 2020

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“Technical.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce technical (audio)

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

Other Words from technical

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

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