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 Iran had been enriching up to 20 percent — and even that was a short technical step to weapons grade., "Iran starts enriching uranium to 60 percent, its highest level ever," 16 Apr. 2021 Just two years earlier, in 1960, RAND Corporation futurist Herman Kahn had been shockingly cavalier in his technical treatise On Thermonuclear War, arguing that nuclear war was, for the U.S., perfectly winnable. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "The Book That Stopped an Outbreak of Nuclear War," 16 Apr. 2021 The match marks the start of Year 2 under sporting director Georg Heitz, technical director Sebastian Pelzer and coach Raphael Wicky. Jeremy Mikula,, "The Chicago Fire know they have to improve upon a disappointing, 5-win 2020. They get their 1st opportunity Saturday at Soldier Field as the new MLS season begins.," 16 Apr. 2021 The demand for this knowledge will continue to grow across industries, and career and technical education programs can help ensure today’s youth are prepared. Time, "States Must Help Schools Tackle the Climate Crisis—Beyond What's On the Curriculum," 15 Apr. 2021 Once the technical problem is fixed, many people will still be weeks away from receiving benefits. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "Lawmakers push reforms at state unemployment agency as the jobless face new delays," 15 Apr. 2021 The company stopped short of releasing data on the gender and racial breakdown of its technical employees, statistics that Amazon’s peers among the largest U.S. technology companies have made public for years. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Amazon pledges to promote more women, Black employees," 15 Apr. 2021 The onus for identifying and removing disinformation lies with the platforms — which have the technical capacity — and not on users. K. "vish" Viswanath For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The consequences will be deadly if we don't fight vaccine misinformation," 15 Apr. 2021 The grants can be used at state technical colleges and private institutions in Wisconsin. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin couple sues over college grant program that is open to some minorities but not others," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Later in the period Finch would pick up his first technical before Embiid committed a hard foul on Towns. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Karl-Anthony Towns pours in 39 points but Timberwolves fall short, 122-113 at Philadelphia," 3 Apr. 2021 Starters Herbert Jones and Jaden Shackelford fouled out and John Petty Jr. was ejected after drawing a second technical with 1:01 left. Mark Heim |, al, "No. 6 Alabama-Mississippi State live stream (2/27): How to watch online, TV info, time," 27 Feb. 2021 Knight, after two fouls called on his team, is hit with his first technical. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Stumbling Lakers lose to Wizards in overtime," 23 Feb. 2021 Harrell pushed Howard away and the official stepped in right away and ejected Howard after giving him his second technical of the game. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Philadelphia's Dwight Howard receives NBA title ring, ejected in same night," 26 Mar. 2021 Booker appeared to say something to referee Tyler Ford, who called the first technical. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Devin Booker's controversial ejection mars Suns' statement win over Lakers," 3 Mar. 2021 Howard, the 2021 Big Ten Coach of the Year, had to be restrained, while Maryland was also assessed a technical. Daniel Oyefusi,, "Maryland men’s basketball bows out of Big Ten tournament with 79-66 loss to Michigan in quarterfinals," 12 Mar. 2021 Washington came up short, defended by Langford, on a layup with about five seconds left to trigger Holtmann's second technical. Larry Lage, Star Tribune, "Michigan St beats No. 4 Ohio St 71-67, improves NCAA resume," 25 Feb. 2021 Moments later, Davidson was forced to foul and after a technical was called on Donaldson, Kyle Gould hit both technical foul shots as well as one of two free throws to make it 48-39. Ben Thomas |, al, "Saturday area tournament highlights, scores: MGM, Fairhope, Hoover among 7A winners," 14 Feb. 2021

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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 19 Apr. 2021.

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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 technical (audio) \ adverb

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