technically

adverb tech·ni·cal·ly \ ˈtek-ni-k(ə-)lē \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of technically

1 :with regard to or in accordance with a strict or literal interpretation of something (such as a rule, a term, or an official description or designation)
  • What they're doing is technically illegal.
  • Technically, a tomato is a fruit.
  • Terry-Thomas's character gives a splendid display of gamesmanship in a tennis match that he wins unfairly without technically cheating.
  • —Tim Stanley
  • The business happens to be in Woodside, N.Y., in the borough of Queens, which technically isn't part of Long Island …
  • —Paul R. Martin
  • While she wasn't technically beautiful, she was striking.
  • —Sue Grafton
2 :with regard to technology
  • a more technically advanced vehicle
  • a technically feasible solution
  • Looking through the telescope via computer from, say, your office is now technically possible …
  • —Aubrey Wallace
3 :with regard to technique (as in a performance or movement)
  • a technically flawless gymnastic routine
  • musicians learning to play a technically difficult passage
  • … he is a resourceful, technically polished actor …
  • —Michael Goodwin
  • Hagen's awareness that his own method of hitting the ball could be improved had earlier helped him make his swing more technically sound …
  • —Herbert Warren Wind

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First Known Use of technically

1675



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