- The definition of technical is something having to do with an industrial or mechanical art or an applied science.
An example of technical used as an adjective is the phrase technical jargon which is the language a machinist would use to describe a mechanical issue with another machinist.
- having to do with the practical, industrial, or mechanical arts or the applied sciences: a technical school
- of, used in, or peculiar to a specific science, art, profession, craft, etc.; specialized: technical vocabulary
- skilled in a particular science, art, etc.: a technical assistant
- of, in, or showing technique: technical skill
- in terms of some science, art, etc.; according to principles or rules: a technical difference
- concerned with or making use of technicalities or minute, formal points
- Finance designating or of a market in which stock prices are sharply affected by short-run, speculative considerations: technical rally
Origin of technicaltechnic + -al
- Of or relating to technique: a technical procedure; great technical skill in playing the violin.
- a. Having or demonstrating special skill or practical knowledge especially in a mechanical or scientific field: a technical adviser; technical expertise in digital photography.b. Used in or peculiar to a specific field or profession; specialized: technical jargon.c. Requiring advanced skills or specialized equipment: technical mountain climbing.
- Of or relating to the practical, mechanical, or industrial arts or to the applied sciences: a technical institute.
- a. Of or relating to technology or technological studies: a technical breakthrough in the manufacture of solar panels; a technical journal.b. Of or involving electronic or mechanical equipment: a broadcast interrupted by technical difficulties.c. Of or relating to information technology: called technical support when the computers broke down.
- Of, relating to, or employing the methodology of science; scientific: technical data; a technical analysis.
- a. In strict conformance to a law, regulation, or procedure: was held on a technical charge of vagrancy.b. Strictly or narrowly defined: “It was a Federal victory only in the technical sense that the Army of the Potomac was left in possession of the field” (Edwin C. Fishel).c. Based on analysis or principle; theoretical rather than practical: a technical advantage.
- Relating to or based on market indicators, such as trading volume and fluctuations in securities prices, rather than underlying economic factors such as corporate earnings, inflation, and unemployment: a technical analysis of market conditions.
Origin of technicalFrom Greek tekhnikos, of art, from tekhnē, art; see teks- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more technical, superlative most technical)
- 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.
- (slang) A secretarial way of saying "specific".
- (of a person)
- Relating to technique.
- The performance showed technical virtuosity, but lacked inspiration.
- (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.
Latin technicus, from Ancient Greek τέχνη (tekhnē, “skill”)