Meaning of TECHNICAL in English


I. ˈteknə̇kəl, -nēk- adjective

Etymology: Greek technikos of art, skillful, practical (from technē art, craft, practical skill + -ikos -ic) + English -al; akin to Greek tektōn carpenter, builder, Sanskrit takṣan carpenter, takṣati he forms, constructs, Latin texere to weave, construct, Old High German dehsa hatchet, dahs badger


a. : having special usually practical knowledge especially of a mechanical or scientific subject

the construction of the thermonuclear weapon was a great challenge to the technical people of this country — Edward Teller

b. : marked by or characteristic of specialization

highly technical matters hardly suitable for popular lecturing — William James

technical language

2. : of or relating to a particular subject

outlined his technical qualifications for the office of comptroller

especially : of or relating to a practical subject that is organized on modern scientific principles

is a college of liberal arts and sciences and does not undertake to provide a technical training — Encyc. Americana

all types of technical books ranging from radio and electronics to field crops and dairying — Saturday Review

the rapidly changing conditions of a technical society — Reinhold Niebuhr


a. : according to a strict legal interpretation

had no knowledge of the crimes although he was in technical command of the men who committed them — Time

b. : created by the constructions of laws or rules — see technical felony , technical knockout

4. : of or relating to technique

the absence of genuine technical innovation in the majority of the novels of the second war — J.W.Aldridge

no amount of technical skill and craftsmanship can take the place of vital interest — John Dewey

5. : of or relating to the production of chemicals by ordinary commercial processes ; especially : produced by ordinary commercial processes often on a large scale

technical sulfuric acid

— compare commercial 1e

6. : chiefly resulting from or depending on internal market factors (as price changes and volume) rather than fundamental economic considerations

the late burst of demand … yesterday was interpreted by most analysts as confirming their forecasts that the market is due for a technical rally — C.J.Elia

• tech·ni·cal·ly -nə̇k(ə)lē, -nēk-, -li adverb

• tech·ni·cal·ness noun -es

II. noun

( -s )

: technic 1

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.