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.
- A pickup truck with a gun mounted on it.
- (basketball) A technical foul: a violation of sportsmanlike conduct, not involving physical contact.
Latin technicus, from Ancient Greek Ï„ÎÏ‡Î½Î· (tekhnÄ“, “skill")