Definition of technical in English:



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

    ‘technical terms’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though literacy has enabled rural poor to acquaint themselves with technical skills necessary for increasing their income and thus, reducing the incidence of poverty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The difference here is that you actually need the technical knowledge and physical skill to perform.’
    • ‘Wedding photography is an evolving field that requires artistic talent, vision, and highly technical expertise.’
    • ‘Its primary function will be to provide technical expertise on subjects such as weight-training.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm more drawn to work with actors who are strong in their technical craft.’
    • ‘There are no great technical difficulties in making simple outline drawings using the camera.’
    • ‘The true tattoo artist has had years of formal training and apprenticeship and has thoroughly learned the technical skills of the craft.’
    • ‘He demonstrates how fiercely technical a craft climbing is, solitary, dangerous and exacting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Courses may range from personal effectiveness programs to advanced training in highly technical skills.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cinematography is the technical craft of shooting a film: the camera, lens, film, filters, framing, etc.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She also acquired new technical skills at the conference.’
    • ‘But aside from the technical skills displayed, it shows what an excellent job was done in terms of public consultation.’
    • ‘In this picture he displays great technical virtuosity.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 (especially of a book or article) requiring special knowledge to be understood.
      ‘a technical report’
      • ‘I wish every technical book could follow the same pattern.’
      • ‘However, these are very minor issues and any technical book containing this amount of information is bound to have an occasional mistake.’
      • ‘As the preface in this book states; ‘This is not a technical book nor a popular one either!’’
      • ‘Overall, technical books were published when a senior researcher with years of experience had something significant to write about.’
      • ‘E-support content encompasses everything from frequently asked questions to white papers, technical tips and technical articles.’
      • ‘I believe every technical book should have three qualities: good indices, clear writing and wise use of appendices.’
      • ‘He is author of nine books and more than 200 articles, chapters, technical reports and other writings.’
      • ‘He is a prolific writer, with more than two dozen technical articles and books to his name.’
      • ‘For further information see the technical article in this issue.’
      • ‘During the first three decades of the twentieth century, many of its articles were technical, tactical, and even strategic in character.’
      • ‘News items, announcements, technical articles, handy tips and tricks, can all be said to be useful resources on the web.’
      • ‘Of course, the accompanying technical article provides many of the details.’
      • ‘He is the author of more than 30 technical articles and is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a technical book that assumes a fairly extensive knowledge of second temple Judaism.’
      • ‘His book is a technical book written for specialists.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His articles are highly technical and written for specialists in the field of differential geometry.’
      specialist, specialized, scientific
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  • 2Involving or concerned with applied and industrial sciences.

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

    ‘a technical fault’
    • ‘The heroes have problems with suit breaches, software patches, gravity failures, and other technical glitches.’
    • ‘Cracks in the gelcoat used to waterproof the packaging resulted in technical failure due to water short circuiting the power supply.’
    • ‘We were unable to assess 49 of the video recorded interactions due to technical faults.’
    • ‘What's more, he's been told by support staff on more than one occasion that this technical fault has affected ‘thousands’ of punters.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘The above comments have covered the generally welcomed erosion of the technical rules of corroboration.’
    • ‘But it all comes down to a technical infraction of the rules.’
    • ‘And the standard of the reasonable commercial person is hostile to technical interpretations and undue emphasis on niceties of language.'’
    • ‘In extreme cases, officials might seize upon a technical rule violation and use it as an excuse to disqualify them.’
    • ‘At first glance, this looks like more than a technical violation of classified-documents 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’
    • ‘The armed helicopters have buzzed streets and rooftops, searching for technicals.’
    • ‘At the next interchange, Donovan spotted a technical — a red Nissan pickup with a Soviet-made heavy machine gun mounted in the truck bed.’
    • ‘This first pic shows a technical based on a Toyota Land Cruiser High Top wagon with the roof cut off.’
    • ‘Technicals are non combatant vehicles modified for combat use.’
    • ‘In some regional conflicts these "technicals" are the only combat vehicles present.’
  • 2Basketball

    short for technical foul