technical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj technical 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"
    • adj technical 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"
    • adj technical of or relating to or requiring special knowledge to be understood "technical terminology","a technical report","technical language"
    • adj technical of or relating to technique or proficiency in a practical skill "his technical innovation was his brushwork","the technical dazzle of her dancing"
    • adj technical of or relating to a practical subject that is organized according to scientific principles "technical college","technological development"
    • n technical (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
    • n technical a pickup truck with a gun mounted on it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the baseball rivalries between the two major leagues in the 1890s, the Pittsburgh Nationals took advantage of a technicality and signed a player away from another club. The Nationals' president, J. Palmer O'Neill, was called J. "Pirate" O'Neill, and his club became the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    • a Technical Of or pertaining to the useful or mechanic arts, or to any science, business, or the like; specially appropriate to any art, science, or business; as, the words of an indictment must be technical .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1964 General Mills began marketing Lucky Charms cereal with pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers. The marshmallow bits (technically referred to as marbits) were invented in 1963 by John Holahan. The cereal is marketed using a leprechaun character named Lucky (L.C. Leprechaun is his full name) that touts his cereal as being "Magically Delicious." Over the years the various shapes and colors of the marshmallow bits in the cereal have undergone many changes.
    • technical Of or pertaining to the mechanical arts, or any particular art, science, profession, or trade; specially appropriate to or characteristic of any art, science, profession, or trade: as, a technical word or phrase; a word taken in a technical sense; a technical difficulty; technical skill; technical schools.
    • technical Those things which pertain to the practical part of an art or science; technicalities; technical terms; technics.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The earth is not perfectly round. Technically, it's a triaxial ellipsoid, which is to say that it's nearly spherical, but flattened at the top and bottom.
    • adj Technical tek′nikal pertaining to art, esp. the useful arts: belonging to a particular art or profession
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Quotations

  • Elwyn Brooks White
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    “In middle life, the human back is spoiling for a technical knockout and will use the flimsiest excuse, even a sneeze, to fall apart.”
  • Heywood Broun
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    “A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel.”
  • David Packer
    David Packer
    “Make a technical contribution; innovate, don't emulate.”
  • Bob Hope
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    “I do benefits for all religions -- I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.”
  • Eric Hoffer
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    “Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.”
  • George Orwell
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    “Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. an art, probably from the same root as , , to bring forth, produce, and perhaps akin to E. text,: cf. F. technique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. technikostechnē, art, akin to tekein, to produce.

Usage

In literature:

The Lute leads us quite easily from Musical Instruments and Technical Terms to the second division.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
Decided in strictness of technical language, it was known it could not be.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
The artistic and technical or physiological conscience should be associated.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
I have given thus concisely, and with the use of as few technical terms as possible, the first principles of the game.
"Base-Ball" by John M. Ward
The dyeing laboratories of Technical Schools and Colleges are generally provided with a more elaborate set of dyeing appliances.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
We will avoid technical names and symbols and speak the common language that the multitude understands.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
For the bogs of technical stupidity and empty formalism are always near and always dangerous.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
But now technic no longer counts.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
They had been so many technical details, merely there for signature; he had signed dozens before.
"The White Desert" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
He has been so praised as a satirist, there is a chance of his technical merits as a painter being overlooked.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
But upon the technical side the action of the Church has been purely conservative and, not to say it disrespectfully, politic.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
Every now and then, though, one of them would turn to him for a bit of technical advice.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
So, technically, she was at this moment engaged.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
The fraud is not stated specifically, and the charge is a technical one that may cover a variety of acts.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
They have a technical quality, giving much attention to drawing.
"The Condition and Tendencies of Technical Education in Germany" by Arthur Henry Chamberlain
This is obviously the technical basis for the "atmosphere" of a purely imaginary setting like that of the melancholy House of Usher.
"Materials and Methods of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
The other technical means will be spoken of in their proper place.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
The above is an attempt to indicate the meaning of the phrases in their stricter or more technical uses.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2" by Various
The air of Paris is alive with this technical inspiration.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Moreover, it is not altogether technical education which counts in this way.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark
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In poetry:

They want to discover why whales are big,
So they sail, at the risk of sinking,
In ships with elaborate, technical rig,
When the facts can be learned by thinking.
"Whales" by C J Dennis
I say the subject was given as of old,
prescribed the technical treatment, tests really tests
were set by the masters & graded.
I say the paralyzed fear lest one's not one
is back with us forever, worsts & bests
spring for the public, faded.
"Dream Song 125:" Bards freezing, naked, up to the neck in water"" by John Berryman

In news:

Only the important technical jargon is permissible.
We know Utah doesn't technically have beaches, but we have absolutely gorgeous lakes to spend sunny summer days.
So there was lots of people in technical clothing strutting around with badges.
WASHINGTON – The Atlanta Braves technically committed no errors in their 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday night, though a comedy of errors in the bottom of the 13th inning did them in.
WATER INK TECHNOLOGIES, Lincolnton, NC, USA — Neal Bogart has joined the company's technical sales staff with over 18 years of UV and water-based ink and coating experience.
Technical Booklet For Elastomer Compounders.
The technical sergeant has served in the military for 15 years.
One year ago, Tiger Woods was still technically the No.
Knoedelseder also deftly covers the technical aspects of brewing .
Sure, Summer is * technically * over, but why end the party when it's still 100 degrees outside.
Hand-counting began Wednesday for thousands of ballots cast in three Minneapolis precincts where technical errors stalled the voting process.
TECHNICALLY, I'm not a grinch.
MultiCam Inc, Dallas, has added Herbert Roland to its technical support team.
Stage Electrics is providing full technical and site production, transport, logistics, marketing, ticketing, and administrative infrastructure for the "Summer Sounds Spectacular" series of events around the South West of England.
2011 Opens with Strong Technical Sessions.
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In science:

For a more accurate and technical discussion of fast algorithms in relation to RGGs, see e.g. .
Random Geometric Graphs
The latter is, for technical reasons, replaced by an equation for c(t).
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
This is relatively straightforward, if technically more tedious.
Randomized Rounding without Solving the Linear Program
The main result relies on some technical results from Sections 3 to 5.
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
The main obstacle toward proving the existence of a homoclinic orbit for the perturbed DSII (1.1) comes from a technical difficulty in the normal form transform .
Melnikov Analysis for Singularly Perturbed DSII Equation
The Technical Difficulty in the Normal Form Transform.
Melnikov Analysis for Singularly Perturbed DSII Equation
To perform the integration over upper triangular matrices R it is technically convenient to use a Fourier-integral representation for the δ−function in Eq. (24).
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
The first case (which is technically the simplest one) corresponds to φ → ∞, that is b → ∞.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
This explains several technical difficulties in our work.
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
Updated version appears as Technical report cs.
Gales Suffice for Constructive Dimension
The bound on |∇R| in (6.5) is needed only for technical reasons, (related to Cauchy stability), and may be removed in certain natural situations.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
This property, linked to the Poissonian character of the graph defined by the model would not hold for other ensembles of random graphs and the analysis would be technically more involved.
Replica bounds for optimization problems and diluted spin systems
Technical details of the calculations are in the appendix.
Generalized Weyl systems and kappa-Minkowski space
The technical lemma that follows is needed to prove Proposition 4 below.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
The following proposition is the main technical result of this section.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
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