[ tek-ni-kuhl ]
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  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.

  1. using terminology or treating subject matter in a manner peculiar to a particular field, as a writer or a book: a technical report.

  2. skilled in or familiar in a practical way with a particular art, trade, etc., as a person.

  3. of, relating to, or showing technique.

  4. technically demanding or difficult: a technical violin sonata; a technical ski run.

  5. designed or used for technically demanding sports or other activities: technical apparel.

  6. pertaining to or connected with the mechanical or industrial arts and the applied sciences: a technical school.

  7. so considered from a point of view in accordance with a stringent interpretation of the rules: a military engagement ending in a technical defeat.

  8. concerned with or dwelling on technicalities: You're getting too technical for me.

  9. 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

First recorded in 1610–20; technic + -al1

Other words from technical

  • tech·ni·cal·ly, adverb
  • tech·ni·cal·ness, noun
  • hy·per·tech·ni·cal, adjective
  • hy·per·tech·ni·cal·ness, noun
  • non·tech·ni·cal, adjective
  • non·tech·ni·cal·ness, noun
  • o·ver·tech·ni·cal, adjective
  • pre·tech·ni·cal, adjective
  • qua·si-tech·ni·cal, adjective
  • un·tech·ni·cal, adjective

Words that may be confused with technical

Words Nearby technical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use technical in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for technical


/ (ˈtɛknɪkəl) /

  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

  1. relating to or characteristic of a particular field of activity: the technical jargon of linguistics

  2. 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

  3. of, derived from, or showing technique: technical brilliance

  4. (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 of technical

  • technically, adverb
  • technicalness, noun

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