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From Late Latin technicus +‎ -al, from Ancient Greek τεχνικός (tekhnikós), from τέχνη (tékhnē, skill).



technical (comparative more technical, superlative most technical)

  1. Specifically related to a particular discipline.
    • 2006, Asaf Darr, Selling Technology, page 94:
      One example of the blurring of boundaries is the growing interdependence of social and technical skills. The sales engineers and the clients' engineers are all knowledge workers.
  2. Of or related to technology.
  3. (of a person) Technically-minded; adept with science and technology.
  4. Relating to, or requiring, technique.
    The performance showed technical virtuosity, but lacked inspiration.
    • 2015, Robert Dineen, Kings of the Road: A Journey into the Heart of British Cycling:
      Its design apparently made for interesting racing, with a challenging climb, technical bends and a finishing straight long enough to produce exciting sprints.
  5. Requiring advanced techniques for successful completion.
    • 2014, Stephen C. Sieberson, The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler[1]:
      It was a technical ascent involving ropework, belays, and protection, and the exposure was great, but there were abundant hand and footholds, and the rock was sound.
  6. (securities and other markets) Relating to the internal mechanics of a market rather than more basic factors.
    The market had a technical rally, due to an oversold condition.
  7. In the strictest sense, but not practically or meaningfully.
    Crossing the front lawn of that house to get to the mailbox was a technical trespass.


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technical (plural technicals)

  1. A pickup truck with a gun mounted on it.
    • 2007 January 2, Jeffrey Gettleman, “After 15 Years, Someone’s in Charge in Somalia, if Barely”, in New York Times[2]:
      “Individuals or groups of people who have trucks mounted with antiaircraft guns, known as ‘technicals,’ should bring those battlewagons to Mogadishu’s old port,” he said.
  2. (basketball) Short for technical foul.
  3. (video games) A special move in certain fighting games that cancels out the effect of an opponent's attack.
  4. Short for technical school.
  5. Short for technical course.
  6. Short for technical examination.



  • “technical” in The New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • "technical" in WordNet 3.1, Princeton University, 2011.
  • technical”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.

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