- belonging or pertaining to an art, science, or the like: technical skill.
- peculiar to or characteristic of a particular art, science, profession, trade, etc.: technical details.
- using terminology or treating subject matter in a manner peculiar to a particular field, as a writer or a book: a technical report.
- skilled in or familiar in a practical way with a particular art, trade, etc., as a person.
- of, relating to, or showing technique.
- technically demanding or difficult: a technical violin sonata; a technical ski run.
- designed or used for technically demanding sports or other activities: technical apparel.
- pertaining to or connected with the mechanical or industrial arts and the applied sciences: a technical school.
- so considered from a point of view in accordance with a stringent interpretation of the rules: a military engagement ending in a technical defeat.
- concerned with or dwelling on technicalities: You're getting too technical for me.
- 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
- of, relating to, or specializing in industrial, practical, or mechanical arts and applied sciencesa technical institute
- skilled in practical and mechanical arts rather than theoretical or abstract thinking
- relating to or characteristic of a particular field of activitythe technical jargon of linguistics
- existing by virtue of a strict application of the rules or a strict interpretation of the wordinga technical loophole in the law; a technical victory
- of, derived from, or showing techniquetechnical brilliance
- (of a financial market) having prices determined by internal speculative or manipulative factors rather than by general or economic conditionsa technical rally
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.