Meaning of technical in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɛknɪk(ə)l/

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  • 1Relating to a particular subject, art, or craft, or its techniques.

    ‘technical terms’
    • ‘The true tattoo artist has had years of formal training and apprenticeship and has thoroughly learned the technical skills of the craft.’
    • ‘Great cinematography is a true art form and its practitioners combine an artistic eye, consummate technical skill and long term experience to come up with a great shot.’
    • ‘But in order to initiate this interplay, the creator - the artist - must have some measure of skill or technical proficiency in his or her craft.’
    • ‘Its primary function will be to provide technical expertise on subjects such as weight-training.’
    • ‘Cinematography is the technical craft of shooting a film: the camera, lens, film, filters, framing, etc.’
    • ‘He demonstrates how fiercely technical a craft climbing is, solitary, dangerous and exacting.’
    • ‘I'm more drawn to work with actors who are strong in their technical craft.’
    • ‘The difference here is that you actually need the technical knowledge and physical skill to perform.’
    • ‘Though literacy has enabled rural poor to acquaint themselves with technical skills necessary for increasing their income and thus, reducing the incidence of poverty.’
    • ‘But while the overall story is predictable and shallow some of the individual pages and the monologues therein are nice, and the illustrations executed with some technical skill.’
    • ‘I like his work, especially knowing it takes technical skill to mix the polymers for canvas paintings that can be rolled, shipped, unrolled and stretched.’
    • ‘What follows is a plan that integrates all three - technical skills, endurance, and strength - in order to deliver you to base camp in top form.’
    • ‘He opted for art as a vocation during his school days and then received formal training in art in Kolkata where he acquired technical skill and developed an attitude to experiment with new ideas.’
    • ‘But for a uniform service which is steeped in its history, culture and tradition, it is not just about the technical skills that you bring, it is this recognition of peer solidarity.’
    • ‘But aside from the technical skills displayed, it shows what an excellent job was done in terms of public consultation.’
    • ‘Wedding photography is an evolving field that requires artistic talent, vision, and highly technical expertise.’
    • ‘Courses may range from personal effectiveness programs to advanced training in highly technical skills.’
    • ‘She also acquired new technical skills at the conference.’
    • ‘There are no great technical difficulties in making simple outline drawings using the camera.’
    • ‘In this picture he displays great technical virtuosity.’
    1. 1.1(especially of a book or article) requiring special knowledge to be understood.
      ‘a technical report’
      • ‘He is a prolific writer, with more than two dozen technical articles and books to his name.’
      • ‘His book is a technical book written for specialists.’
      • ‘His articles are highly technical and written for specialists in the field of differential geometry.’
      • ‘Of course, the accompanying technical article provides many of the details.’
      • ‘This is a technical book that assumes a fairly extensive knowledge of second temple Judaism.’
      • ‘The internet is full of technical articles, many of which are way too complicated for the average computer user who just wants to solve a simple problem.’
      • ‘As the preface in this book states; ‘This is not a technical book nor a popular one either!’’
      • ‘There is a steep discount on some foreign technical books, and many students wade through whatever is available to pick the title of their choice.’
      • ‘News items, announcements, technical articles, handy tips and tricks, can all be said to be useful resources on the web.’
      • ‘He is author of nine books and more than 200 articles, chapters, technical reports and other writings.’
      • ‘I wish every technical book could follow the same pattern.’
      • ‘E-support content encompasses everything from frequently asked questions to white papers, technical tips and technical articles.’
      • ‘During the first three decades of the twentieth century, many of its articles were technical, tactical, and even strategic in character.’
      • ‘Overall, technical books were published when a senior researcher with years of experience had something significant to write about.’
      • ‘However, these are very minor issues and any technical book containing this amount of information is bound to have an occasional mistake.’
      • ‘I believe every technical book should have three qualities: good indices, clear writing and wise use of appendices.’
      • ‘He is the author of more than 30 technical articles and is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.’
      • ‘For further information see the technical article in this issue.’
      • ‘Although the second part of the book is technical in nature, end users will find useful hints sprinkled throughout.’
      • ‘Like the index at the back of a technical book, the database uses indexes internally to look up your data much faster.’
      specialist, specialized, scientific
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  • 2Involving or concerned with applied and industrial sciences.

    ‘an important technical achievement’
    • ‘The objectifying consciousness that brought about the rise of natural science and the advanced technical culture of the West profoundly damaged theological thought.’
    • ‘It was an extraordinary technical achievement.’
    • ‘These technical achievements are intriguing.’
    • ‘Such forms are common in military, industrial, and technical usage.’
    • ‘The second factor that helped to transform this broad area of popular culture was the adaptation and exploitation of a range of technical innovations and industrial developments.’
    • ‘Probably not, just as technical or industrial progress would not have been furthered by mediaeval religious fundamentalism.’
    • ‘The technical achievements of Western industrial society have been magnificent, but there has been a cost on the social side with a loss of community.’
    • ‘In 1955-1957 the Sputnik era caused our educational system to focus on science and technical improvements.’
    • ‘The award recognizes outstanding technical contributions to aerosol science and technology by a young scientist.’
    • ‘Friends described him as reserved, almost taciturn, but insatiably curious about science and technical processes.’
    • ‘His research interests are the economics of science and technical changes, and the theory of diffusion of new technologies.’
    • ‘In practice, the opposite is occurring in every technical field except health sciences.’
    • ‘This also serves to stimulate possible future careers in science of technical fields.’
    • ‘It also documents the scientific and technical achievements in farming before 1945.’
    • ‘I mean, NASA is working with a lot of very bright folks in the science and engineering and technical fields.’
    • ‘The successful applicant will hold a foods science or technical qualification or a relevant amount of experience in a food environment.’
    • ‘Their scientific and technical achievements allowed the Europeans to dominate the world.’
    • ‘According to him, what made modern science possible was not technical advances in instrumentation so much as a new way of looking at the world.’
    • ‘And now we are so successful in the biomedical sciences we have the technical ability to change our very biological essence, our genes.’
    • ‘Yes, the spacecraft returned and he was given information concerning the alien planet with its exceptionally high level of scientific and technical achievement.’
    practical, scientific, applied, applying science, non-theoretical
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  • 3Resulting from mechanical failure.

    ‘a technical fault’
    • ‘Cracks in the gelcoat used to waterproof the packaging resulted in technical failure due to water short circuiting the power supply.’
    • ‘The heroes have problems with suit breaches, software patches, gravity failures, and other technical glitches.’
    • ‘What's more, he's been told by support staff on more than one occasion that this technical fault has affected ‘thousands’ of punters.’
    • ‘We were unable to assess 49 of the video recorded interactions due to technical faults.’
    • ‘Any serious technical faults, or deviation from the regional style, obvious at the time of examination will prevent a wine from receiving a control number and being sold as quality wine.’
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  • 4According to a strict application or interpretation of the law or rules.

    ‘the arrest was a technical violation of the treaty’
    • ‘In extreme cases, officials might seize upon a technical rule violation and use it as an excuse to disqualify them.’
    • ‘And the standard of the reasonable commercial person is hostile to technical interpretations and undue emphasis on niceties of language.'’
    • ‘The above comments have covered the generally welcomed erosion of the technical rules of corroboration.’
    • ‘At first glance, this looks like more than a technical violation of classified-documents rules.’
    • ‘But it all comes down to a technical infraction of the rules.’


  • 1(in areas with guerrilla warfare) a small truck with a machine gun mounted on the back.

    ‘the helicopters flew difficult night-time searches for technicals’
    • ‘Technicals are non combatant vehicles modified for combat use.’
    • ‘In some regional conflicts these "technicals" are the only combat vehicles present.’
    • ‘This first pic shows a technical based on a Toyota Land Cruiser High Top wagon with the roof cut off.’
    • ‘At the next interchange, Donovan spotted a technical — a red Nissan pickup with a Soviet-made heavy machine gun mounted in the truck bed.’
    • ‘The armed helicopters have buzzed streets and rooftops, searching for technicals.’
  • 2Basketball

    short for technical foul