technical

Technical describes a specific art or science, or training for a particular job. If you have trouble with your new computer, you might call for technical support, but a technical school teaches you a certain craft, like how to weld.

Technical comes from the Greek tekhno, which means "art or skill." Anything technical requires both art and skill. If you're an Olympic gymnast, you have technical abilities. You might go to a technical school to learn how to be a chef, a mechanic, or a massage therapist. While being technical can be a positive trait, you don't want to overwhelm someone with technicalities. For example: If you're trying to explain how a car works to a kid and you start talking about manifolds, you're getting too technical.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: technical

1
adj
of or relating to technique or proficiency in a practical skill
2
adj
resulting from or dependent on market factors rather than fundamental economic considerations
3
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
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n
a pickup truck with a gun mounted on it
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: technical
1

adj of or relating to technique or proficiency in a practical skill

“his technical innovation was his brushwork”
“the technical dazzle of her dancing”
Synonyms:
proficient

adj characterizing or showing skill in or specialized knowledge of applied arts and sciences

“a technical problem”
“highly technical matters hardly suitable for the general public”
“a technical report”
“producing the A-bomb was a challenge to the technical people of this country”
technical training”
technical language”
Antonyms:
nontechnical, untechnical
not characteristic of or skilled in applied arts and sciences

adj of or relating to or requiring special knowledge to be understood

technical terminology”
“a technical report”
technical language”
Synonyms:
expert
skilled
having or showing or requiring special skill

adj of or relating to a practical subject that is organized according to scientific principles

technical college”
Synonyms:
technological
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adj resulting from or dependent on market factors rather than fundamental economic considerations

“analysts content that the stock market is due for a technical rally”
“the fall is only a technical correction”
Synonyms
commercial
connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises
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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

Synonyms:
technical foul
Type of:
foul
an act that violates the rules of a sport
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n a pickup truck with a gun mounted on it

Type of:
military vehicle
vehicle used by the armed forces
pickup, pickup truck
a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
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