tech·​ni·​cal | \ ˈtek-ni-kəl \

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 \ 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

Blueprints The architect- or designer-produced technical drawings that provide the plan for a remodel. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "See The Definitions Of Common Renovation Terms," 26 Dec. 2018 Thanks to powerful representation in Congress and the White House, via native son John F. Kennedy, Cambridge was groomed to become the home of a NASA technical enter. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 In an influential 1994 book, political scientist AnnaLee Saxenian argued that Silicon Valley had a uniquely free-wheeling engineering culture, with employees job-hopping from one company to another, taking their technical skills with them. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses," 21 Aug. 2018 That route is a Class 3 scramble, which requires some technical skill. Stacia Glenn, The Seattle Times, "Seattle man dies in climbing accident on Mount Rainier," 16 Aug. 2018 Your Lips With Your Hands in Selfies The technical term? Cazzie David, Vogue, "2018’s Most Ridiculous Moments in Beauty—And Beyond!—According to Cazzie David," 22 Dec. 2018 In technical terms, the new tax law switched from using the traditional measure of inflation—called CPI-U—to a version known as chained CPI, or consumer-price index. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Trump Tax Cut to Be Eroded Next Year by Inflation Switch," 15 Nov. 2018 Starting with the very first performance, the show seemed to be having some technical difficulties. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "CMA Awards Viewers Noticed a Big Problem with the Show This Year," 15 Nov. 2018 The bug was disclosed to Facebook and resolved in May. In technical terms, the attack is a cross-site request forgery, using a legitimate Facebook login in unauthorized ways. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Then Ben Simmons and Heat power forward James Johnson were called for double technicals with 4:22 left in the quarter. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Marco Belinelli on Game 5: 'It's going to be another war'," 24 Apr. 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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tech·​ni·​cal | \ ˈtek-ni-kəl \

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 \

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 \ adverb

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