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technical

[tek-ni-kuh l] /ˈtɛk nɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to an art, science, or the like:
technical skill.
2.
peculiar to or characteristic of a particular art, science, profession, trade, etc.:
technical details.
3.
using terminology or treating subject matter in a manner peculiar to a particular field, as a writer or a book:
a technical report.
4.
skilled in or familiar in a practical way with a particular art, trade, etc., as a person.
5.
of, relating to, or showing technique.
6.
technically demanding or difficult:
a technical violin sonata; a technical ski run.
7.
designed or used for technically demanding sports or other activities:
technical apparel.
8.
pertaining to or connected with the mechanical or industrial arts and the applied sciences:
a technical school.
9.
so considered from a point of view in accordance with a stringent interpretation of the rules:
a military engagement ending in a technical defeat.
10.
concerned with or dwelling on technicalities:
You're getting too technical for me.
11.
noting a market in which prices are determined largely by supply and demand and other such internal factors rather than by general business, economic, or psychological factors that influence market activity:
technical weakness or strength.
Origin of technical
1610-1620
First recorded in 1610-20; technic + -al1
Related forms
technically, adverb
technicalness, noun
hypertechnical, adjective
hypertechnically, adverb
hypertechnicalness, noun
nontechnical, adjective
nontechnically, adverb
nontechnicalness, noun
overtechnical, adjective
overtechnically, adverb
pretechnical, adjective
pretechnically, adverb
quasi-technical, adjective
quasi-technically, adverb
untechnical, adjective
untechnically, adverb
Can be confused
technical, technological.
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Examples from the Web for technical
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  • But this is abnormal and rather an affectation of technical skill.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • "Only technical ones for which I could have no possible use," said Linda.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Clearly their constancy to this metre was not the result of any technical deficiency.

    The Lyric John Drinkwater
  • The most solemn of all realities have been degraded into the passwords of technical theology.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • This power, however, is not given by any technical rules, but is the gift of genius.

    Phaedrus Plato
British Dictionary definitions for technical

technical

/ˈtɛknɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or specializing in industrial, practical, or mechanical arts and applied sciences: a technical institute
2.
skilled in practical and mechanical arts rather than theoretical or abstract thinking
3.
relating to or characteristic of a particular field of activity: the technical jargon of linguistics
4.
existing by virtue of a strict application of the rules or a strict interpretation of the wording: a technical loophole in the law, a technical victory
5.
of, derived from, or showing technique: technical brilliance
6.
(of a financial market) having prices determined by internal speculative or manipulative factors rather than by general or economic conditions: a technical rally
Derived Forms
technically, adverb
technicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for technical
adj.

1610s, "skilled in a particular art or subject," formed in English from Greek tekhnikos "of art," from tekhne "art, skill, craft" (see techno-). The sense narrowed to "having to do with the mechanical arts" (1727). Basketball technical foul (one which does not involve contact between opponents) is recorded from 1934. Boxing technical knock-out (one in which the loser is not knocked out) is recorded from 1921; abbreviation TKO is from 1940s.

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