Definition of tech in US English:


(British tec)


  • 1Technology.

    • ‘The cult of minimal tech - with its laptop-loving geeks and programming panache - hardly seems a hot trend.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, analysts saw little respite for battered tech and telecoms shares, which have struggled amid the gloomy corporate earnings picture.’
    • ‘There is no tech transfer without new technology.’
    • ‘Both companies didn't see a strong enough return to tech spending.’
    • ‘They have a 10 story mart with all things tech related.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, it's digital media and emerging tech, all new, all the time.’
    • ‘In science and tech, this week we look at identities and cyberspace.’
    • ‘This kind of embedded tech has been used in high-quality printers for decades.’
    • ‘In London, tech, telecom and media stocks were bearing the brunt of the sell-off as investors looked for safe havens in the current unsettled climate.’
    • ‘But while defensive stocks fell back, tech, telecom and media companies were adding their support to the market.’
    • ‘It's a big gamble for Tom, but his company has handled major tech overhauls before.’
    • ‘Yet, it's not only tech companies that are targeting the appealing demographics and psychographics of indie film fans.’
    • ‘As far as stock selection is concerned, the biggest trend in the world today is away from tech and telecom companies.’
    • ‘Anybody with experience in theatre, acting, set, costume and prop making, lighting and sound tech is especially welcome.’
    • ‘I've never paid a dime for any tech show I've gone to, nor would I.’
    • ‘Now we see companies with doubtful credentials entering tech ventures for the sake of attracting investment.’
    • ‘Most technology investors focus on tech companies that sell to enterprises.’
    • ‘If there's just a personality conflict with your company service tech, you can lose your contract over that.’
    • ‘This is still my personal web site and is not going to mutate into a vertical blog about tech, design, politics, pop culture, or even asbestos.’
    • ‘If you want details of battery tech, check this out.’
    1. 1.1 A technician.
      • ‘I don't usually work at that particular branch, and my 3-week stint covering another tech's vacation was almost over.’
      • ‘By the same token, the computer techs out there facilitating all this movement of data don't get any glory.’
      • ‘All thirteen members, in addition to sound engineers, techs, etc., piled into a decrepit two-story apartment in Montreal and remained there, uninterrupted, for five days.’
      • ‘I had to go in and meet the two new computer techs today.’
      • ‘He knew I was now a computer tech so he had a problem that needed my attention.’
      • ‘A helpful tech leads me through the process; we banter numbers back and forth until it's obvious I put the wrong card in the wrong unit.’
      • ‘In my years as a computer tech, I got very good at troubleshooting hardware incompatibilities and software driver problems.’
      • ‘But as I've said before, the keyboard-map problem is fascinating to me and the techs because there is no reason it should be happening.’
      • ‘Incidentally, we both trained to be library techs together over a decade ago.’
      • ‘On this note, an easy way to train your operators is to allow them to watch the factory-trained techs performing maintenance tasks while a machine is under a service contract.’
      • ‘Even when images are copied, techs make additional films from the computer rather than transferring the files to a CD-ROM or e-mailing them.’
      • ‘I cannot count the number of times I have been contacted by auto technicians, mechanics and body shop techs whenever an electrical problem occurs.’
      • ‘‘You know, I think I've been here before,’ one of the techs said.’
      • ‘A lab tech took some blood along the way, and simple tests were ordered.’
      • ‘This he filled with more supplies plus several repair kits the techs had been working on.’
      • ‘Tom was beginning to pack up for the day when one of the computer techs burst into his office, with Tom's secretary right behind him.’
      • ‘One was an engineer, the second man was an accountant, the third man was a chemist, the fourth was a computer tech, and the fifth was a government worker.’
      • ‘The new regulation makes it impossible for a doctor in the emergency rooms to summon officers on call (X-ray and lab techs, surgeons, etc) since only the telephone operator can make cell phone calls.’
      • ‘The elevator arrived and the two stepped in, followed by techs from a camera crew and their equipment.’
      • ‘‘We have confirmation from the computer techs,’ the New Swiss scientist said.’
    2. 1.2Basketball A technical foul.
      • ‘I don't know what caused the tech; the ref called it, so it is what it is.’
      • ‘I've been ejected a few times (as I'm passionate and loud) but used to average a tech foul every game!’
      • ‘He knows now that he has to be extra careful once he receives his first tech.’
      • ‘Steve got a tech foul and was thrown out!’


  • Technical.

    ‘I was in tech school then’
    • ‘In fact, most pharmacies are reluctant to hire techs from a tech school because they have little working knowledge.’
    • ‘We took a peek at what reversal patterns are and the intricacies of the head and shoulder pattern in our last tech school.’


Early 20th century (originally US): abbreviation.