from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or derived from technique.
  • adj. Having special skill or practical knowledge especially in a mechanical or scientific field: a technical adviser.
  • adj. Used in or peculiar to a specific field or profession; specialized: technical terminology.
  • adj. Belonging or relating to a particular subject: technical expertise.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or involving the practical, mechanical, or industrial arts or the applied sciences: a technical school.
  • adj. Abstract or theoretical: a technical analysis.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or employing the methodology of science; scientific.
  • adj. According to principle; formal rather than practical: a technical advantage.
  • adj. Industrial and mechanical; technological.
  • adj. Relating to or based on analysis of market indicators, such as trading volume and fluctuations in securities prices, rather than underlying economic conditions such as corporate earnings, inflation, and unemployment: a technical correction in the stock market.
  • n. Sports A technical foul.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the useful or mechanic arts, or to any academic, legal, science, engineering, business, or the like terminology with specific and precise meaning or (frequently, as a degree of distinction) shades of meaning; specially appropriate to any art, science or engineering field, or business; as, the words of an indictment must be technical.
  • adj. A secretarial way of saying "specific".
  • n. A pickup truck with a gun mounted on it.
  • n. A technical foul: a violation of sportsmanlike conduct, not involving physical contact.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the useful or mechanic arts, or to any science, business, or the like; specially appropriate to any art, science, or business.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the mechanical arts, or any particular art, science, profession, or trade; specially appropriate to or characteristic of any art, science, profession, or trade: as, a technical word or phrase; a word taken in a technical sense; a technical difficulty; technical skill; technical schools.
  • Those things which pertain to the practical part of an art or science; technicalities; technical terms; technics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or requiring special knowledge to be understood
  • adj. resulting from or dependent on market factors rather than fundamental economic considerations
  • n. a pickup truck with a gun mounted on it
  • adj. of or relating to technique or proficiency in a practical skill
  • 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
  • adj. of or relating to a practical subject that is organized according to scientific principles
  • adj. characterizing or showing skill in or specialized knowledge of applied arts and sciences


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Greek tekhnikos, of art, from tekhnē, art; see teks- in Indo-European roots.

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Latin technicus, from Ancient Greek τέχνη ("skill")


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  • Another noun sense:

    At Hoover's request, (Attorney General) Brownell had asked congressional committee chairmen for new laws allowing wiretapping without a warrant. They had said no, time and again. Hoover had asked for the legal authorization for microphone surveillances—bugging, or "technicals," in Bureauspeak—but the lawmakers spurned the request.
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