Etymology
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technical (adj.)

1610s, "skilled in a particular art or subject," formed in English from technic + -al (1), or in part from Latinized form of Greek tekhnikos "of art; systematic," in reference to persons "skillful, artistic," from tekhnē "art, skill, craft" (see techno-).

The sense narrowed to "having to do with the mechanical arts" (1727). The basketball technical foul (one which does not involve contact between opponents) is recorded from 1934. The boxing technical knock-out (one in which the loser is not knocked out) is recorded from 1921; abbreviation TKO is from 1940s. Technical difficulty is from 1805.

updated on September 10, 2022

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Definitions of technical from WordNet
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technical (adj.)
of or relating to technique or proficiency in a practical skill;
the technical dazzle of her dancing
his technical innovation was his brushwork
Synonyms: proficient
technical (adj.)
characterizing or showing skill in or specialized knowledge of applied arts and sciences;
technical training
a technical problem
a technical report
technical language
producing the A-bomb was a challenge to the technical people of this country
highly technical matters hardly suitable for the general public
technical (adj.)
of or relating to a practical subject that is organized according to scientific principles;
technical college
Synonyms: technological
technical (adj.)
relating to or concerned with machinery or tools;
a technical fault
Synonyms: mechanical / mechanically skillful
technical (adj.)
according to strict interpretation of the law or set of rules;
technical (adj.)
of or relating to or requiring special knowledge to be understood;
a technical report
technical language
technical terminology
Synonyms: expert
technical (adj.)
resulting from or dependent on market factors rather than fundamental economic considerations;
analysts content that the stock market is due for a technical rally
the fall is only a technical correction
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technical (n.)
a pickup truck with a gun mounted on it;
technical (n.)
(basketball) a foul that can be assessed on a player or a coach or a team for unsportsmanlike conduct; does not usually involve physical contact during play;
Synonyms: technical foul
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