- Of or pertaining to the useful or mechanic arts, or to any academic, legal, science, engineering, business, or the like terminology with specific and precise meaning or (frequently, as a degree of distinction) shades of meaning; specially appropriate to any art, science or engineering field, or business; as, the words of an indictment must be technical.
1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 4, in Well Tackled!:
- Technical terms like ferrite, perlite, graphite, and hardenite were bandied to and fro, and when Paget glibly brought out such a rare exotic as ferro-molybdenum, Benson forgot that he was a master ship-builder, […]
- 2006, Asaf Darr, Selling Technology (page 94)
- One example of the blurring of boundaries is the growing interdependence of social and technical skills. The sales engineers and the clients' engineers are all knowledge workers.
- (of a person) Technically-minded; adept with science and technology.
- Relating to, or requiring, technique.
- The performance showed technical virtuosity, but lacked inspiration.
- 2015, Robert Dineen, Kings of the Road: A Journey into the Heart of British Cycling
- Its design apparently made for interesting racing, with a challenging climb, technical bends and a finishing straight long enough to produce exciting sprints.
- (securities and other markets) Relating to the internal mechanics of a market rather than more basic factors.
- The market had a technical rally, due to an oversold condition.
- (securities and other markets): fundamental
terms derived from technical (adjective)
pertaining to the useful or mechanic arts
relating to the internal mechanics of a market
technical (plural technicals)
- A pickup truck with a gun mounted on it.
2007 January 2, Jeffrey Gettleman, “After 15 Years, Someone’s in Charge in Somalia, if Barely”, in New York Times:
- “Individuals or groups of people who have trucks mounted with antiaircraft guns, known as ‘technicals,’ should bring those battlewagons to Mogadishu’s old port,” he said.
- (basketball) A technical foul: a violation of sportsmanlike conduct, not involving physical contact.
- (video games) A special move in certain fighting games that cancels out the effect of an opponent's attack.
pickup truck-based fighting vehicle
- “technical” in the The New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2005
- "technical" in WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, 2006.