Definition of technical in US English:



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

    ‘technical terms’
    ‘a test of an artist's technical skill’
    • ‘In this picture he displays great technical virtuosity.’
    • ‘There are no great technical difficulties in making simple outline drawings using the camera.’
    • ‘Its primary function will be to provide technical expertise on subjects such as weight-training.’
    • ‘He demonstrates how fiercely technical a craft climbing is, solitary, dangerous and exacting.’
    • ‘The difference here is that you actually need the technical knowledge and physical skill to perform.’
    • ‘Courses may range from personal effectiveness programs to advanced training in highly technical skills.’
    • ‘The true tattoo artist has had years of formal training and apprenticeship and has thoroughly learned the technical skills of the craft.’
    • ‘She also acquired new technical skills at the conference.’
    • ‘Wedding photography is an evolving field that requires artistic talent, vision, and highly technical expertise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm more drawn to work with actors who are strong in their technical craft.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cinematography is the technical craft of shooting a film: the camera, lens, film, filters, framing, etc.’
    • ‘Though literacy has enabled rural poor to acquaint themselves with technical skills necessary for increasing their income and thus, reducing the incidence of poverty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But aside from the technical skills displayed, it shows what an excellent job was done in terms of public consultation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘Overall, technical books were published when a senior researcher with years of experience had something significant to write about.’
      • ‘He is author of nine books and more than 200 articles, chapters, technical reports and other writings.’
      • ‘Of course, the accompanying technical article provides many of the details.’
      • ‘Although the second part of the book is technical in nature, end users will find useful hints sprinkled throughout.’
      • ‘During the first three decades of the twentieth century, many of its articles were technical, tactical, and even strategic in character.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For further information see the technical article in this issue.’
      • ‘News items, announcements, technical articles, handy tips and tricks, can all be said to be useful resources on the web.’
      • ‘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!’’
      • ‘I wish every technical book could follow the same pattern.’
      • ‘He is a prolific writer, with more than two dozen technical articles and books to his name.’
      • ‘Like the index at the back of a technical book, the database uses indexes internally to look up your data much faster.’
      • ‘I believe every technical book should have three qualities: good indices, clear writing and wise use of appendices.’
      • ‘E-support content encompasses everything from frequently asked questions to white papers, technical tips and technical articles.’
      • ‘His articles are highly technical and written for specialists in the field of differential geometry.’
      • ‘His book is a technical book written for specialists.’
      specialist, specialized, scientific
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  • 2Of, involving, or concerned with applied and industrial sciences.

    ‘an important technical achievement’
    • ‘And now we are so successful in the biomedical sciences we have the technical ability to change our very biological essence, our genes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their scientific and technical achievements allowed the Europeans to dominate the world.’
    • ‘It was an extraordinary technical achievement.’
    • ‘In practice, the opposite is occurring in every technical field except health sciences.’
    • ‘Friends described him as reserved, almost taciturn, but insatiably curious about science and technical processes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such forms are common in military, industrial, and technical usage.’
    • ‘The successful applicant will hold a foods science or technical qualification or a relevant amount of experience in a food environment.’
    • ‘His research interests are the economics of science and technical changes, and the theory of diffusion of new technologies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yes, the spacecraft returned and he was given information concerning the alien planet with its exceptionally high level of scientific and technical achievement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The objectifying consciousness that brought about the rise of natural science and the advanced technical culture of the West profoundly damaged theological thought.’
    • ‘This also serves to stimulate possible future careers in science of technical fields.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I mean, NASA is working with a lot of very bright folks in the science and engineering and technical fields.’
    • ‘These technical achievements are intriguing.’
    practical, scientific, applied, applying science, non-theoretical
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  • 3Resulting from mechanical failure.

    ‘a technical fault’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The heroes have problems with suit breaches, software patches, gravity failures, and other technical glitches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cracks in the gelcoat used to waterproof the packaging resulted in technical failure due to water short circuiting the power supply.’
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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’
    • ‘But it all comes down to a technical infraction of the rules.’
    • ‘At first glance, this looks like more than a technical violation of classified-documents 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.’
    • ‘The above comments have covered the generally welcomed erosion of the technical rules of corroboration.’