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technical

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛknɪk(ə)l
 
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Definition of technical in English:

adjective

1Relating to a particular subject, art, or craft, or its techniques: technical terms
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  • The true tattoo artist has had years of formal training and apprenticeship and has thoroughly learned the technical skills of the craft.
  • Great cinematography is a true art form and its practitioners combine an artistic eye, consummate technical skill and long term experience to come up with a great shot.
  • But in order to initiate this interplay, the creator - the artist - must have some measure of skill or technical proficiency in his or her craft.
1.1(Especially of a book or article) requiring special knowledge to be understood: a technical report
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  • He is a prolific writer, with more than two dozen technical articles and books to his name.
  • His book is a technical book written for specialists.
  • His articles are highly technical and written for specialists in the field of differential geometry.
Synonyms
complex, complicated, esoteric
2Involving or concerned with applied and industrial sciences: an important technical achievement
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  • The objectifying consciousness that brought about the rise of natural science and the advanced technical culture of the West profoundly damaged theological thought.
  • It was an extraordinary technical achievement.
  • These technical achievements are intriguing.
Synonyms
practical, scientific, applied, applying science, non-theoretical;
3Resulting from mechanical failure: a technical fault
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  • Cracks in the gelcoat used to waterproof the packaging resulted in technical failure due to water short circuiting the power supply.
  • The heroes have problems with suit breaches, software patches, gravity failures, and other technical glitches.
  • What's more, he's been told by support staff on more than one occasion that this technical fault has affected ‘thousands’ of punters.
Synonyms
mechanical
4According to a strict application or interpretation of the law or rules: the arrest was a technical violation of the treaty
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  • In extreme cases, officials might seize upon a technical rule violation and use it as an excuse to disqualify them.
  • And the standard of the reasonable commercial person is hostile to technical interpretations and undue emphasis on niceties of language.'
  • The above comments have covered the generally welcomed erosion of the technical rules of corroboration.

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(In areas with guerrilla warfare) a small truck with a machine gun mounted on the back: the helicopters flew difficult night-time searches for technicals
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  • Technicals are non combatant vehicles modified for combat use.
  • In some regional conflicts these "technicals" are the only combat vehicles present.
  • This first pic shows a technical based on a Toyota Land Cruiser High Top wagon with the roof cut off.

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