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technical adj
1 of or relating to technique; "technical innovation in recent novels"; "technical details"
2 characterizing or showing skill in or specialized knowledge of applied arts and sciences; "a technical problem"; "highly technical matters hardly suitable for the general public"; "a technical report"; "producing the A-bomb was a challenge to the technical people of this country"; "technical training"; "technical language" [ant: nontechnical]
3 of or relating to proficiency in a practical skill; "no amount of technical skill and craftsmanship can take the place of vital interest"- John Dewey
4 of or relating to a practical subject that is organized according to scientific principles; "technical college"; "technological development" [syn: technological]
5 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"
6 of production of chemicals for commercial purposes especially on a large scale; "technical (or commercial) sulfuric acid"


1 a pickup truck with a gun mounted on it
2 (basketball) a foul that that can be assessed on a player or a coach or a team for unsportsmanlike conduct; does not usually involve physical contact during play [syn: technical foul]

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  • SAMPA: /"tEknIk(@)l/


  1. 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.
  2. A secretarial way of saying "specific".


  1. A pickup truck with a gun mounted on it.
  2. A technical foul: a violation of sportsmanlike conduct, not involving physical contact.


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