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adjective technical pronunciation in British English /ˈteknɪk(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    involving science or industry
    technical experts
    The job requires someone with specialized scientific and technical knowledge.
  2. 2
    technical language is difficult to understand for people who do not know a lot about the subject
    The text is interesting and informative, without being too technical.
    a technical term: a technical term in philosophy
  3. 3
    [only before noun] relating to the way in which a machine or system works
    a technical problem/hitch/glitch/fault: Technical hitches plagued the play’s first night.
  4. 4
    relating to the skills needed to do a particular activity, especially in sport or art
    The dancers reached extremely high levels of technical skill and ability.
  5. 5
    [only before noun] based on a strict way of understanding or explaining a law or rule
    a technical violation/infringement: This was not a mere technical violation of a statute.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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