[tek-ni-kuh l]


Origin of technical

First recorded in 1610–20; technic + -al1
Related formstech·ni·cal·ly, adverbtech·ni·cal·ness, nounhy·per·tech·ni·cal, adjectivehy·per·tech·ni·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·tech·ni·cal·ness, nounnon·tech·ni·cal, adjectivenon·tech·ni·cal·ly, adverbnon·tech·ni·cal·ness, nouno·ver·tech·ni·cal, adjectiveo·ver·tech·ni·cal·ly, adverbpre·tech·ni·cal, adjectivepre·tech·ni·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-tech·ni·cal, adjectivequa·si-tech·ni·cal·ly, adverbun·tech·ni·cal, adjectiveun·tech·ni·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedtechnical technological Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for technical

Contemporary Examples of technical

Historical Examples of technical

  • 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.


    James Anthony Froude

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

British Dictionary definitions for 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
Derived Formstechnically, adverbtechnicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for technical

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper