Meaning of “technical” in the English Dictionary

"technical" in English

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uk /ˈtek.nɪ.kəl/ us /ˈtek.nɪ.kəl/

B2 relating to the knowledge, machines, or methods used in science and industry:

a few technical problems

relating to the knowledge and methods of a particular subject or job:

Personally, I found some parts of the book a little too technical to follow.

B2 relating to practical skills and methods that are used in a particular activity:

In her performance as the Snow Queen she showed great technical brilliance.

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(Definition of “technical” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"technical" in American English

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us /ˈtek·nɪ·kəl/

involving or needing special skills or knowledge, esp. in science or engineering (= the design and building of machines, equipment, and structures):

The computer company ran into some last-minute technical problems with its new disk drives.

(Definition of “technical” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"technical" in Business English

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uk /ˈteknɪkəl/ us

relating to science or industry:

They have both the best entrepreneurs and the best technical people.
a technical company/the technical sector
Only 3% of the workforce has gone through technical education.

relating to the knowledge used in a particular subject or type of work:

The undergraduate programs in Economics and Accounting emphasize technical expertise.

a technical subject, word, etc. is difficult to understand without special knowledge of a subject:

The language is too technical for most people to understand.
Try to avoid too many technical terms if possible.

relating to machines, systems, etc. or to the practical way in which something works:

technical problems/errors/glitches
He's head of our technical support team.
Please consult the technical manual.

based on a very exact and detailed way of understanding a law or a rule:

It is an overly technical interpretation of the regulations that has caused this problem.
The technical definition of a multinational fails to convey the scope and diversity of global business.


uk /ˈteknɪkəl/ us

[ plural ] STOCK MARKET signs relating to the way markets typically behave, rather than those relating to the real profits of companies whose shares are traded, the real economy, etc.:

The technicals suggest we should sell.
The technicals are very bullish.

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(Definition of “technical” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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