• A Special 4-Rail Transfer Truck
    A Special 4-Rail Transfer Truck
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj special surpassing what is common or usual or expected "he paid especial attention to her","exceptional kindness","a matter of particular and unusual importance","a special occasion","a special reason to confide in her","what's so special about the year 2000?"
    • adj special having a specific function or scope "a special (or specific) role in the mission"
    • adj special unique or specific to a person or thing or category "the particular demands of the job","has a particular preference for Chinese art","a peculiar bond of sympathy between them","an expression peculiar to Canadians","rights peculiar to the rich","the special features of a computer","my own special chair"
    • adj special for a special service or occasion "a special correspondent","a special adviser to the committee","had to get special permission for the event"
    • adj special first and most important "his special interest is music","she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"
    • adj special adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose "a special kind of paint","a special medication for arthritis"
    • adj special added to a regular schedule "a special holiday flight","put on special buses for the big game"
    • n special a television production that features a particular person or work or topic "the last of a series of BBC specials on Iran is being shown tonight"
    • n special a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising "they are having a special on pork chops"
    • n special a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

A Special 2-Rail Flexible Transfer Truck A Special 2-Rail Flexible Transfer Truck
A Special Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks A Special Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks
Church buildings ... special attention Church buildings ... special attention

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A seagull can drink salt water because it has special glands that filter out the salt
    • Special A particular.
    • Special Appropriate; designed for a particular purpose, occasion, or person; as, a special act of Parliament or of Congress; a special sermon.
    • Special Chief in excellence. "The king hath drawn
      The special head of all the land together."
    • Special Limited in range; confined to a definite field of action, investigation, or discussion; as, a special dictionary of commercial terms; a special branch of study.
    • Special Of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or sort. "A special is called by the schools a “species”."
    • Special One appointed for a special service or occasion.
    • Special Particular; peculiar; different from others; extraordinary; uncommon. "Our Savior is represented everywhere in Scripture as the special patron of the poor and the afficted.""To this special evil an improvement of style would apply a special redress."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A Russian man who wore a beard during the time of Peter the Great had to pay a special tax
    • special Of or pertaining to a species or sort; of a particular kind or character; distinct from other kinds; specifically characteristic.
    • special Of or pertaining to one or more of a kind; peculiar to an individual or a set; not general; particular; individual.
    • special Peculiar or distinct of the kind; of exceptional character, amount, degree, or the like; especially distinguished; express; particular.
    • special Specifically, limited as to function, operation, or purpose; designed for specific application or service; acting for a limited time or in a restricted manner; not general of the kind named: as, special legislation; special pleading; a special agent, constable, or correspondent; special employment; a special dictionary.
    • special Synonyms Special, Especial, Particular, Peculiar, Specific. Special is more common than especial, which has the same meaning; but especially is for rhythmical reasons (because it occurs most frequently at the beginning of a dependent clause, where usually an unaccented particle occurs, and where, therefore, a word with an accent on the first syllable is instinctively avoided) much more common than specially. The special comes under the general, as the particular comes under the special. A special favor is one that is more than ordinary; a particular favor is still more remarkable; a peculiar favor comes very closely home. When we speak of any particular thing, we distiuguish it from all others; when we speak of a specific fault in one's character, we name it with exactness; a special law is one that is made for a particular purpose or a peculiar case; a specific law is either one that we name exactly or one that names offenses, etc., exactly.
    • n special A special or particular person or thing. Specifically— A particular thing; a particular.
    • n special (b ) A private companion; a paramour or concubine.
    • n special A person or thing appointed or set apart for a special purpose or occasion, as a constable, a railway-train, an examination, a dispatch, etc.: as, they traveled by special to Chicago; the specials were called out to quell the riot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis invented a special diaper for babies that has a pocket
    • adj Special spesh′al of a species or sort; particular: distinctive: uncommon: designed for a particular purpose: confined to a particular subject or application
    • n Special any special or particular person or thing: any person or thing set apart for a particular duty—a constable, a railway-tram, &c.: a newspaper extra, a despatch from a special correspondent
    • v.i Special to act in some particular way, to take a particular direction, as to devote one's self especially to some particular branch of study
    • ***


  • David Ben-Gurion
    David Ben-Gurion
    “Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought no to be feared.”
  • Marcel Masse
    Marcel Masse
    “The more the world is specialized the more it will be run by generalists.”
  • Les Brown
    “Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it.”
  • Sugar Ray Leonard
    Sugar Ray Leonard
    “I want to be great, something special.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.”
  • Derek Walcott
    Derek Walcott
    “The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. specialis, fr. species, a particular sort, kind, or quality: cf. F. spécial,. See Species, and cf. Especial


In literature:

Exceptional workers who have special ability earn more.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
Each of these has been given special study, and each has given rise to special issues.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
They may come and see us, by special permission, but we mayn't return the visits.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
The incident has a special interest.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
They were forming a special plan for strengthening what they called the bond of union in the upper school.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
He was in Special Operations; analysis was for Intelligence.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
Cobbett, Burdett's special supporter at this time, was also imprisoned in June 1810.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
You strike me as a special pleader.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
Those not carried on under a special name, and the particulars known only to the parties themselves.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Still there will be many special interventions and reminders from the Gods during this poetical journey.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider

In poetry:

The sun gives not directly
The coal, the diamond crown;
Not in a special basket
Are these from Heaven let down.
"Sunshine" by Vachel Lindsay
Sweet summer time, sweet summer days,
One day I must recall;
One day the brightest of them all,
Must mark with special praise.
"Recollections" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
"And the prayers of all God's people they ask,
that they may prove
Not unworthy, through their weakness, of such
special proof of love."
"Mary Garvin" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Even with us, Thy special image Man,
Our various works to us are ever dear,
For labour sweetens all its conquests here
Outblessing all its ban.
"The Maker's Yearning" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Believes high heaven, whence favours flow,
Too kind to ask a sacrifice
For what it specially doth bestow; -
Gives SHE, 'tis generous, cheese to mice.
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
Had she beauty? Well, not what they call so;
You may find a thousand as fair;
And yet there's her face in my memory
With no special claim to be there.
"An Ember Picture" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Polar Express delivers special memories for special passengers.
Special leaders guided special team to playoffs.
Just how special are special dividends.
12-12-12 baby: Hurricane Sandy victims get a special delivery with special numbers.
Whether you consider it a "white lie", a lie whose benefits outweigh its costs, or simply a chance to collectively imagine the impossible, bringing Santa into your family at Christmas can make a special time just a little bit more special.
Train was honored to be included on the special 25th anniversary edition of A Very Special Christmas, the holiday album series that's been raising money for Special Olympics since the '80s.
Her stand-up specials include Comedy Central Presents: JudyGold, Comedy Central's Tough Crowd Stands Up, and Judy 's HBO half-hour special, winner of a Cable Ace Award.
The Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department is getting ready to host a special event for some special kids.
(WIBW)-- One special lady celebrated a very special birthday today.
Jack Hishmeh is working to transform a classroom into a special opps room for special needs students at Topeka High School.
Anchor special reports and special news programs.
12-12-12 baby: Hurricane Sandy victims get a special delivery with special numbers .
The holidays are special and warrant special dishes.
If you're on a special diet on Thanksgiving, is it okay to ask for a special meal.
Hello all, and welcome to a special Christmas version of the blog (special because it's Christmas, not because the writing is any more or less mediocre than usual).

In science:

Let U be the special fiber of U , and let sp : Dn+m (Ω) → An+m (Ω) and sp : ˆUK (Ω) → U (Ω) be the specialization maps.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
Since the special fiber of Z c,b is smooth (by Theorem 7.2) and each of its geometric connected component contains a point of sp(F (L)), then u : U → Z c,b is ´etale above the generic points of the special fiber of Z c,b .
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
The purpose of this section is to work out a convenient local model for a specialization of a linear system as P1 specializes to a rational angle.
Normal bundles of rational curves in projective spaces
If Lγ (d, µ) is non-special for al l µ, then L = Lγ (d, mn ) with n = 4u 9w is non-special for al l positive integers m, u and w.
Degeneration of linear systems through fat points on K3 surfaces
If v ≥ −1, v eS ≥ −1, vP ≥ −1 and L eS and bL eS are non-special systems; then L is non-special.
Degeneration of linear systems through fat points on K3 surfaces