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

Synonyms & Antonyms for technical

Synonyms: Adjective


Antonyms: Adjective

general, nontechnical, untechnical

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Examples of technical in a Sentence


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

As explained in my story on the state of American trade schools on, graduating from an occupation-specific trade, technical, or career school can lead to just as lucrative a job as a traditional four-year degree. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 To get more technical, ginseng is the most precious yet widely consumed ingredient in Asian traditional medicine, says Mark Choo, the research director at the AmorePacific New York Research & Innovation Center. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You’re Seeing Ginseng in So Many Korean Skin-Care Products Right Now," 8 Mar. 2019 In 1927 designer Peter Lemarchand joined her team, ready to pounce with the technical skill to realize her vision of three dimensional panthers. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How the Cartier Panther Became a Jewelry Icon," 20 Mar. 2019 Plus, the technical skills required to effectively work with rebar is enough to ensure function is at the forefront of each design. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Bold and Sculptural New Furniture Collection Inspired by the Basics," 26 Feb. 2019 Musk’s behavior this summer has compounded the deleterious effect of technical problems in late March and early April, including a deadly autopilot crash, a Model S recall and production target misses. Rani Molla, Recode, "Elon Musk’s summer of bad behavior hasn’t affected Tesla’s sales, but it has hurt its reputation," 10 Oct. 2018 There have been notable disagreements over fair financing for implementation of the rules by developing countries, and the technical details of their reporting on progress. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Fox News, "Bangkok meet fails to finalize draft on climate change rules," 9 Sep. 2018 Aside from all the technical engineering detail surrounding the best ways to generate and deliver electricity, and there are mountains of it, the main cause of outages in much of Michigan and the Midwest is simply put. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "History of power outages riles metro Detroiters, DTE promises fixes," 28 June 2018 Human error and other technical problems have driven the cost of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope up to $9.7 billion and forced yet another delay of its launch to March 2021. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "The launch of NASA's $8 billion James Webb Telescope delayed again, to March 2021," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 And names with an improving fundamental backdrop and strong technicals like Macedonia should continue to stay bid. Justin Villamil,, "Global Bond Gloom Makes Emerging-Market Investors Selective," 18 Jan. 2018 Unless one or more of those has been rescinded, Howard is five technicals this regular season away from an automatic one-game suspension. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard gets his revenge on Atlanta Hawks," 26 Jan. 2018 Statistically speaking: Kentucky battled foul trouble for much of the game and was whistled for 23 personal fouls and two technicals. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Instant analysis: Kentucky basketball falls at Tennessee for third consecutive time," 6 Jan. 2018 Giles was called for two technical fouls in the fourth quarter, both double technicals along with Cleveland's Billy Preston, and was ejected from Sacramento's 96-84 loss to the Cavaliers at Thomas & Mack Center. Jason Jones, sacbee, "‘This is just the appetizer’: Harry Giles says he’s driven to improve after ejection," 11 July 2018 Kings forward Harry Giles was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter after picking up the second of two technical fouls for verbal exchanges with Cleveland forward Bill Preston, who also received two technicals and was ejected. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Harry Giles ejected from Kings’ summer league game. He has three technicals in two days," 11 July 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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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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