General English

General Science

  • adjective referring to practical or scientific work


  • adjective referring to influences inside a market, e.g. volumes traded and forecasts based on market analysis, as opposed to external factors such as oil-price rises, wars, etc.


  • adjective referring to the mechanical, electrical, hydraulic or pneumatic systems of an aircraft


  • adjective referring to a particular machine or process


  • adjective referring to a specific legal point, using a strictly legal interpretation


  • adjective relating to instruments, machinery, radios, weapons, etc.


  • adjective referring to a small point of procedure or of law

Origin & History of “technical”

Greek tékhnē denoted ‘skill, art, craft, trade’ (it may have come from the Indo-European base *tek- ‘shape, make’, which also produced Greek téktōn ‘carpenter, builder’, source of English architect and tectonic (17th c.)). From it was derived the adjective tekhnikós, which passed into English via Latin technicus as technic (now obsolete) and technical. Technique (19th c.) comes from a noun use of the French adjective technique ‘technical’. From the same source come technicolour (20th c.), based on the trademark Technicolor (registered in 1929), and technology (17th c.).