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Engineering and Technical Definitions

Engineering

The application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes, and systems.

Technical

Of or relating to technique
A technical procedure.
Great technical skill in playing the violin.

Engineering

The profession of or the work performed by an engineer.

Technical

Having or demonstrating special skill or practical knowledge especially in a mechanical or scientific field
A technical adviser.
Technical expertise in digital photography.

Engineering

Skillful maneuvering or direction
Geopolitical engineering.
Social engineering.
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Technical

Used in or peculiar to a specific field or profession; specialized
Technical jargon.

Engineering

Present participle of engineer

Technical

Requiring advanced skills or specialized equipment
Technical mountain climbing.

Engineering

(uncountable) The application of mathematics and the physical sciences to the needs of humanity and the development of technology.

Technical

Of or relating to the practical, mechanical, or industrial arts or to the applied sciences
A technical institute.
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Engineering

The area aboard a ship where the engine is located.

Technical

Of or relating to technology or technological studies
A technical breakthrough in the manufacture of solar panels.
A technical journal.

Engineering

Actions controling the motion, shape, and/or substance of any physical object(s).

Technical

Of or involving electronic or mechanical equipment
A broadcast interrupted by technical difficulties.

Engineering

Designates office area of the professional engineering staff.
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Technical

Of or relating to information technology
Called technical support when the computers broke down.

Engineering

Originally, the art of managing engines; in its modern and extended sense, the art and science by which the properties of matter are made useful to man, whether in structures, machines, chemical substances, or living organisms; the occupation and work of an engineer. In the modern sense, the application of mathematics or systematic knowledge beyond the routine skills of practise, for the design of any complex system which performs useful functions, may be considered as engineering, including such abstract tasks as designing software (software engineering).

Technical

Of, relating to, or employing the methodology of science; scientific
Technical data.
A technical analysis.

Engineering

The practical application of science to commerce or industry

Technical

In strict conformance to a law, regulation, or procedure
Was held on a technical charge of vagrancy.

Engineering

The discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems;
He had trouble deciding which branch of engineering to study

Technical

Strictly or narrowly defined
“It was a Federal victory only in the technical sense that the Army of the Potomac was left in possession of the field” (Edwin C. Fishel).

Engineering

A room (as on a ship) in which the engine is located

Technical

Based on analysis or principle; theoretical rather than practical
A technical advantage.

Technical

Relating to or based on market indicators, such as trading volume and fluctuations in securities prices, rather than underlying economic factors such as corporate earnings, inflation, and unemployment
A technical analysis of market conditions.

Technical

(Sports) A technical foul.

Technical

A light vehicle such as a pickup truck that has been outfitted with a mounted machine gun or other weapon, especially for use by paramilitary units or irregulars.

Technical

Specifically related to a particular discipline.

Technical

Of or related to technology.

Technical

(of a person) Technically-minded; adept with science and technology.

Technical

Relating to, or requiring, technique.
The performance showed technical virtuosity, but lacked inspiration.

Technical

Requiring advanced techniques for successful completion.

Technical

(securities and other markets) Relating to the internal mechanics of a market rather than more basic factors.
The market had a technical rally, due to an oversold condition.

Technical

In the strictest sense, but not practically or meaningfully.
Crossing the front lawn of that house to get to the mailbox was a technical trespass.

Technical

A pickup truck with a gun mounted on it.

Technical

(basketball) technical foul

Technical

(video games) A special move in certain fighting games that cancels out the effect of an opponent's attack.

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.

Technical

A pickup truck with a gun mounted on it

Technical

(basketball) a foul that that can be assessed on a player or a coach or a team for unsportsmanlike conduct; does not usually involve physical contact during play

Technical

Of or relating to technique;
Technical innovation in recent novels
Technical details

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

Technical

Of or relating to proficiency in a practical skill;
No amount of technical skill and craftsmanship can take the place of vital interest

Technical

Of or relating to a practical subject that is organized according to scientific principles;
Technical college
Technological development

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

Technical

Of production of chemicals for commercial purposes especially on a large scale;
Technical (or commercial) sulfuric acid

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