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.

Definitions of technical
  1. adjective

    of or relating to technique or proficiency in a practical skill

    technical innovation was his brushwork”
    technical dazzle of her dancing”

  2. adjective

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

    technical problem”
    technical matters hardly suitable for the general public”
    technical report”
    “producing the A-bomb was a challenge to the
    technical people of this country”
    technical training”
    technical language”
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    nontechnical, untechnical

    not characteristic of or skilled in applied arts and sciences

  3. adjective

    of or relating to or requiring special knowledge to be understood

    technical terminology”
    technical report”
    technical language”


    having or showing or requiring special skill
  4. adjective

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

    technical college”

  5. adjective

    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”


    connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises
  6. noun

    (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

    technical foul
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    type of:


    an act that violates the rules of a sport

  7. noun

    a pickup truck with a gun mounted on it

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    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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