technical

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adjective

tech·​ni·​cal ˈtek-ni-kəl How to pronounce technical (audio)
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: 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
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: of or relating to a particular subject
b
: of or relating to a practical subject organized on scientific principles
a technical school
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: based on or marked by a strict or legal interpretation
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: of or relating to technique
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: of, relating to, or produced by ordinary commercial processes without being subjected to special purification
technical sulfuric acid
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: relating to or caused by the functioning of the market as a discrete mechanism not influenced by macroeconomic factors
a technical rally

technical

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noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The unit uses investigative journalism, technical skills, data and other tools to filter through content and determine what is real, and what isn’t, and to explain it to viewers. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Apr. 2024 There are other technical challenges to bitcoin, such as the hard limit on the number of transactions, says Robert Murphy, chief economist for Infineo, a tech company aiming to transform life insurance through blockchain and artificial intelligence. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Apr. 2024 With online learning platforms like Udemy, Coursera, and LinkedIn Learning, professionals gain access to thousands of courses covering topics, from technical skills like coding and data analysis to soft skills like leadership and communication. Ebony Flake, Essence, 5 Apr. 2024 The technical assistance will be provided by the civil rights division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 The students first learn soft skills, such as teamwork and clear communication, then transition into technical skills. Kayleigh Ruller, Charlotte Observer, 4 Apr. 2024 There have also been technical challenges related to balancing the weight of a robotic motor on a small stand. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar Daisy Hildyard The Long View Martin MacInnes’s novel In Ascension reveals the technical sophistication of the newest genre fiction. The New York Review of Books, 29 Mar. 2024 The next step is to look at the products and services that are easy for clients to consume without a lot of technical explanation. Kimberly Deobald, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024
Noun
Knight, after two fouls called on his team, is hit with his first technical. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2024 But he was asked specifically about Doncic after the loss to the Suns that included the Slovenian star getting a technical after the first-half buzzer. Schuyler Dixon, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins hit the deck in the kerfuffle, which ended with offsetting technicals on Green and Bane. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Both of Drew’s technicals were for straying outside the coaching box — one time in the first half, the other with 11:30 left. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 21 Feb. 2024 Both coaches received technicals in the half, when neither team led by more than seven and UCLA was ahead 36-34 at the break. Beth Harris, USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2024 That included a miss by Garcia in a tie game with 63 seconds left after Storr was called for a technical for hanging on the rim while trying to rebound a miss by Klesmit. Journal Sentinel, 23 Jan. 2024 The game started with Harvard-Westlake being assessed a technical for having a wrong player number in the scorebook. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2024 These days, a player like Luka Dončić, an M.V.P. candidate who plays for the Dallas Mavericks, flirts with the dangerous threshold of sixteen technicals every year. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of technical was in 1617

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Cite this Entry

“Technical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technical. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

technical

adjective
tech·​ni·​cal ˈtek-ni-kəl How to pronounce technical (audio)
1
a
: having special knowledge especially of a mechanical or scientific subject
technical experts
b
: used in special fields of knowledge
technical language
2
: of or relating to a particular subject
especially : of or relating to a practical subject organized on scientific principles
technical training
3
: existing by laws or rules
a technical knockout
4
: of or relating to technique
technical skill
technically adverb

Medical Definition

technical

adjective
tech·​ni·​cal ˈtek-ni-kəl How to pronounce technical (audio)
1
a
: 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
technically adverb

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