tech·​ni·​cal·​ly | \ ˈtek-ni-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce technically (audio) \

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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Rikers is technically part of the Bronx, but is reachable only by bridge and bus from northwestern Queens. CBS News, "New tally flips surprising results of Queens district attorney race," 5 July 2019 Although technically, outdoor skiing is never in season in Florida. Patrick Connolly,, "Find ways to beat the heat in Central Florida," 2 July 2019 Though a surprising fact for some, technically, pumpkins are a winter squash in the family Cucurbitaceae, along with cucumbers, zucchini, and melons. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Planting Pumpkin Seeds 101: How to Grow Pumpkins," 1 July 2019 The acting secretary, Kevin McAleenan, is technically the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "An Administration Run by Temp Workers," 19 June 2019 Libra is technically a cryptocurrency, but a very different one. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin Fans Spy Opportunity in Facebook Libra Launch," 18 June 2019 This sign is the part of your chart that sits right above your personal horizon, where technically the sun is either invisible or blown out of proportion. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Leo Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 Mouse support is also technically an accessibility option, though people have already begun to think about ways to use the iPad as the centerpiece for a full desktop setup because of it. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "iPadOS public beta preview: worthy of the new name," 24 June 2019 Granted, the Scottish league is not the most physically demanding, technically gifted or even emotionally draining league in the world., "Kieran Tierney: 5 Reasons Why Arsenal Should Up Their Bid & Bring the Scot to North London," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of technically

1675 , in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of technically

: according to a very strict explanation of a rule, fact, etc.
: according to or among experts
: in a way that relates to the use of special techniques or skills

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