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 This sector consists of establishments involved in the creation of new products, as well as technical support and maintenance. Stephen Singer,, "Looking for a job? These are the industries that did the most hiring in Connecticut last month," 21 Apr. 2021 Parler, which also lost technical support from Amazon and Google, had been painted early on as the communications nexus for the insurrectionists. Washington Post, "Dan Bongino isn’t just taking over where Rush Limbaugh left off — he’s building a conservative media universe," 20 Apr. 2021 Luke is typically confined to the Batcave providing technical support to Batwoman, both Kate Kane and Javicia Leslie's Ryan Wilder., "Is Batwoman moving Luke Fox closer to becoming Batwing?," 18 Apr. 2021 Risks include products or services provided by Russian businesses or personnel, such as user data storage or remote technical support. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "US pins SolarWinds cyberattack on Russian intelligence agency," 15 Apr. 2021 Without the federal government’s technical support, public health guidance and funding, states would be hard pressed to develop a system that would work for businesses and individuals who cross state lines. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: What are vaccine passports, and why do some people hate them so much?," 13 Apr. 2021 No new wires and no configuration required; Compatible with all TP-Link AV2000, AV1300, AV1200, AV1000, AV600, AV500 & AV200 PowerPoint adapters. Industry-leading support: 2-year warranty and free 24/7 technical support. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Double the internet speed on your computer or gaming console with this $50 gadget," 9 Apr. 2021 From a technical perspective, Surtain is in his own tier compared to the rest of the CBs in this class. John Owning, Dallas News, "Patrick Surtain II vs. Jaycee Horn: Who should be the Cowboys’ CB1 in the 2021 NFL draft?," 7 Apr. 2021 The purchase comes with an extensive warranty and 24-hour technical support, Fender said. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Strongsville buys 8 additional police body cameras as city replaces retired officers," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Technical fouls were was called on Mills and Sampson, another technical was called on Gay, and Sampson was assessed a Type 2 flagrant foul, resulting in his ejection. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers' JaKarr Sampson suspended one game for headbutting Spurs' Patty Mills," 21 Apr. 2021 Dieng was ejected from Saturday night's game against Phoenix with 25 seconds left after he and Suns forward Frank Kaminsky were called for a double technical. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Patience pays off for Spurs' rookie Devin Vassell," 18 Apr. 2021 Mitchell received his first technical with 57.5 seconds left in overtime after Sixers center Joel Embiid drew a foul on Rudy Gobert. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell says officials were '(expletive) ridiculous' in loss to 76ers," 4 Mar. 2021 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

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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 8 May. 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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