technical

adjective
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

c : technological sense 1

3a : based on or marked by a strict or legal interpretation

b : legal sense 6

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

technical

noun

Definition of technical (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from technical

Adjective

technically \ ˈtek-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for technical

Synonyms: Adjective

specialized

Antonyms: Adjective

general, nontechnical, untechnical

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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

Its technical ability and fierce resiliency allowed it to capitalize on England’s nervous lapses when victory was in sight. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Croatia tops England in extra time to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2018 But building a 93-foot-tall musical instrument has been an enormous technical challenge. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Building the Flight 93 Memorial’s Massive Chime Tower," 5 July 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 Now that its tactical and technical data met the requirements of the Party, this type of missile should be rapidly mass-produced. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "North Korea Expands Key Missile-Manufacturing Plant," 1 July 2018 Florida’s greatest future resources are the students attending colleges, universities, technical and coding schools. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 So in the absence of any quick technical or regulatory fixes to the internet’s centralisation, what can be done? The Economist, "A new school in ChicagoHow regulators can prevent excessive concentration online," 28 June 2018 Mistake Fares, Decoded For the most part, mistake fares come down to an itty-bitty human or technical error—like, whoops, that $154 flight actually costs $1,540. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Booking a 'Mistake Fare' Really Means," 22 June 2018 With M&T Bank Stadium’s $120 million renovation set to be completed by next fall, city officials will have two years to address issues both technical and otherwise. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "With 2026 FIFA World Cup awarded to North American bid, Baltimore moves closer to soccer's biggest stage," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, Philly.com, "Sixers' Marco Belinelli on Game 5: 'It's going to be another war'," 24 Apr. 2018 On Thursday night, Green got hit with his 14th technical of the season — two away from an automatic suspension — in the second quarter for arguing after a delay of game warning. USA TODAY, "Curry, Durant lead Warriors past Mavericks, end 2-game skid," 9 Feb. 2018 Both players were given technicals, but Green continued to get upset with officials. Jenna West, SI.com, "Watch: Draymond Green Told Tristan Thompson: 'We Ain't Cut the Same'," 12 June 2018 After a review, the referees called technicals on Rozier, Nance and Morris. Jimmy Golen, Houston Chronicle, "Celtics beat Cavaliers to take 3-2 lead in East finals," 24 May 2018 During Wednesday’s Game 3, there was probably a case to be made that Green deserved multiple technicals. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Draymond Green's outbursts at officials have hilariously inspired Channing Frye," 6 June 2018 There was a skirmish, a whistle and Green ended up with his third technical of the playoffs. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors need Draymond Green’s ‘tremendous’ defense again in Game 4," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of technical

Adjective

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for technical

Adjective

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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technical

adjective
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

technical

adjective
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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