Definition of “technical” - English Dictionary

“technical” in British 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.

More examples

  • The space shuttle remained earthbound because of a technical fault.
  • The instruction booklet is written in very technical language which is almost impossible to understand.
  • Before she could begin the project she had to work her way through the huge amount of technical papers.
  • There are still a few technical problems to be dealt with before the product can be put on sale to the public.
  • He currently holds the position of technical manager.

(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.

→  tech noun

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

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