technical

adjective
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

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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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 A bird’s song can help with identification, although Rutten said that can get technical, especially right now as their calls change to breeding ones. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Birding is a socially distancing friendly sport you can do during the Great Wisconsin Birdathon," 4 May 2020 And the issues the justices tackle are highly technical. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court debates the internet’s future over the phone," 4 May 2020 Damon Stoudamire's free throw broke a 5:44 dry spell during which Rasheed Wallace picked up his third foul and a technical on his way to the bench. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers Classics: Portland beats Utah Jazz in Game 6 of 1999 Western Conference semifinals to ‘shock the world’," 30 Apr. 2020 The finalists will receive assistance, for technical, manufacturing and business aspects, from experts. Fox News, "NIH mobilizes COVID-19 testing innovation initiative with potential $500 million award," 30 Apr. 2020 He is measured, technical, and scientific in his approach to problems. Michael Specter, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Firing of a Top Infectious-Disease Expert Endangers Us All," 23 Apr. 2020 Many analysts described Monday’s drop of crude oil prices into negative territory as technical, related to the way futures contracts are written. Cathy Bussewitz, Anchorage Daily News, "Q&A: Oil prices hit new lows as economic pain deepens," 22 Apr. 2020 Many analysts described the dip in crude oil prices as technical, related to the way futures contracts are written. CBS News, "Negative oil prices: What does that mean for consumers and the economy?," 21 Apr. 2020 He had been incarcerated for a technical, non-criminal parole violation and almost certainly caught the disease inside. The Economist, "Prisons worldwide risk becoming incubators of covid-19," 20 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wood and Gobert had a little dustup in the fourth quarter that resulted in double technicals. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Christian Wood emerges as scorer on injury-depleted team," 8 Mar. 2020 Things got heated amid the 30-15 quarter as Oregon pulled away but the teams combined for 13 fouls, including three technicals — Graves, Ionescu and ASU’s Robbi Ryan. oregonlive, "No. 3 Oregon women’s basketball avenges lone Pac-12 loss, blows out No. 19 Arizona State," 9 Feb. 2020 Entering Friday’s game against Charlotte, Toronto’s Nick Nurse had 11 technicals, the most among coaches. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan praised for having teammate’s back," 28 Feb. 2020 The Wizards had cut a 23-point deficit going into the fourth quarter to seven when Doncic and Beal were called for double technicals with 1:09 remaining. Schuyler Dixon, baltimoresun.com, "Bradley Beal ejected in Wizards’ opening 108-100 loss to Mavericks," 24 Oct. 2019 Green was ejected with 8:13 remaining in the game after a second technical for arguing with the officials, specifically female referee Lauren Holtkamp. USA TODAY, "Golden State forward Draymond Green fined $50,000," 8 Feb. 2018 Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been hit with four technicals this season. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan praised for having teammate’s back," 28 Feb. 2020 Porter, who barked all the way to the bench, picked up a pair of technicals on the play, leading to an early ejection. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers open J.B. Bickerstaff era with 113-108 win against Washington Wizards," 22 Feb. 2020 Brown, Griffin and Middleton were assessed technicals. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Dwane Casey cringes at 'dirty' play claim from Giannis Antetokounmpo," 6 Dec. 2019

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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

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

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“Technical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technical. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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technical

adjective
How to pronounce technical (audio)

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

technical

adjective
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

technical

adjective
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

Other Words from technical

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

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