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[tek-ni-kuh l] /ˈtɛk nɪ kəl/

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 .
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 :
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.
of, relating to, or specializing in industrial, practical, or mechanical arts and applied sciences: a technical institute
skilled in practical and mechanical arts rather than theoretical or abstract thinking
relating to or characteristic of a particular field of activity: the technical jargon of linguistics
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
of, derived from, or showing technique: technical brilliance
(of a financial market) having prices determined by internal speculative or manipulative factors rather than by general or economic conditions: a 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.


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