1 of, involving, or concerned with experience or actual use; not theoretical
2 of or concerned with ordinary affairs, work, etc.
3 adapted or adaptable for use
4 of, involving, or trained by practice
5 being such for all useful or general purposes; virtual
6 an examination in the practical skills of a subject a science practical (C17: from earlier practic, from French pratique, via Late Latin from Greek praktikos, from prassein to experience, negotiate, perform)
practicality, practicalness n A distinction is usually made between practical and practicable. Practical refers to a person, idea, project, etc., as being more concerned with or relevant to practice than theory: he is a very practical person; the idea had no practical application. Practicable refers to a project or idea as being capable of being done or put into effect: the plan was expensive, yet practicable
International Practical Temperature Scale
n a temperature scale adopted by international agreement in 1968 based on thermodynamic temperature and using experimental values to define 11 fixed points. The lowest is the triple point of an equilibrium mixture of orthohydrogen and parahydrogen (--259.34°C) and the highest the freezing point of gold (1064.43°C)
n a prank or trick usually intended to make the victim appear foolish
practical joker n
practical reason , reasoning
n (Philosophy, logic)
1 the faculty by which human beings determine how to act
2 reasoning concerning the relative merits of actions
3 the principles governing arguments which issue in actions or intentions to act
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