• WordNet 3.6
    • n specialty the special line of work you have adopted as your career "his specialization is gastroenterology"
    • n specialty a distinguishing trait
    • n specialty an asset of special worth or utility "cooking is his forte"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In one of the central intersections of the resort town of Pompeii destroyed in A.D. 79 by Mt. Vesuvius is a replica of the male genitalia, imbedded in and made of cobblestones. The image is approximately three feet wide by three feet long, and points the way to a house of prostitution. The walls of the house are still decorated with picture of the various specialties of the ladies employed there.
    • Specialty (Law) A contract or obligation under seal; a contract by deed; a writing, under seal, given as security for a debt particularly specified. "Let specialties be therefore drawn between us."
    • Specialty A particular or peculiar case.
    • Specialty Particularity. "Specialty of rule hath been neglected."
    • Specialty That for which a person is distinguished, in which he is specially versed, or which he makes an object of special attention; a speciality. "Men of boundless knowledge, like Humbold, must have had once their specialty , their pet subject."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From bridges to rebar, rust is everywhere. According to a recent study, the annual cost of metallic corrosion in the U.S. is approximately $300 billion. The report, by Battelle, Columbus, Ohio, and the Specialty Steel Industry of North America, Washington, D.C., estimated that about one-third of that cost could be avoided through broader application of corrosion-resistant material and "best anti-corrosive practice" from design through maintenance.
    • n specialty The fact or condition of being special or particular; particularity of origin, cause, use, significance, etc.
    • n specialty The special or distinctive nature of anything; essence; principle; groundwork.
    • n specialty A special quality or characteristic; a distinguishing feature; a speciality. See speciality, 1.
    • n specialty A special or particular matter or thing; something specific or exceptional in character, relation, use, or the like.
    • n specialty A special employment or pursuit; a distinct occupation or division of duty or interest; that which one does especially, either by choice or by assignment.
    • n specialty A special product or manufacture; something made in a special manner or form, or especially characteristic of the producer or of the place of production: as, a dealer in specialties; also, an article to which a dealer professes to pay special attention or care, or which is alleged to possess special advantages in regard to quality, quantity, or price: as, fountain-pens a specialty. See the second quotation under speciality, 2.
    • n specialty In law, an instrument under seal, containing an express or implied agreement for the payment of money. The word has also been loosely used to include obligations or debts upon recognizance, judgments and decrees, and statutes, because these, being matter of record, rank in solemnity, conclusiveness, and endurance with free contracts under seal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Specialty something special or distinctive: any special product, article of sale or of manufacture: any special pursuit, department of study, &c.: a special contract for the payment of money
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  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    “All other men are specialists, but his specialty is omniscience.”
  • David Viscott
    David Viscott
    “There is some place where your specialties can shine. Somewhere that difference can be expressed. It's up to you to find it, and you can.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. spécialit,é. Cf. Speciality


In literature:

The Instructor's specialty is giving instruction.
"The Psychology of Management" by L. M. Gilbreth
Some of them are mere general and vague directions, while others again run into the extreme of specialty.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
Nature is her specialty.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, October, 1877, Vol. XX. No. 118" by Various
One woman in a western barranca cultivated a specialty of making large jars for holding tesvino.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
He was an expert in his specialty.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
The writer makes a specialty of fair play, even when dealing with those who have never practiced it towards him.
"The Profits of Religion, Fifth Edition" by Upton Sinclair
Young Australia makes a specialty of swearing.
"Town Life in Australia" by R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
Their specialty is Nerves.
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland
Perkins made a specialty of yellow fever, and insisted that he could cure it by hypnotism.
"Greenwich Village" by Anna Alice Chapin
To acquit himself satisfactorily is Bartholdi's specialty.
"French Art" by W. C. Brownell

In poetry:

(Cornfield beans my specialty,
When every pod spills two or three),
Then I forget the thou and thee
And pray with total fervency:
"Noonday Grace" by John Crowe Ransom

In news:

Full bar, featuring many specialty beers.
Every company has its print specialty.
This one just happens to be vegan, which may appeal to the specialty eaters in your life.
Neither La Carreta de Lily nor its specialty offering is much to look at.
Look for smoked paprika with other specialty spices.
A pharmacy benefit manager has launched a new specialty pharmacy offering.
Virginia Gov Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that specialty materials company Celanese Corp. Is investing $150 million in its Giles County plant.
Centra Specialty Hospital (CSH)- RN I.
Arsenal Capital Partners has announced its acquisition of Para- Chem Southern, a leading provider of specialty adhesives, coatings and polymers.
Commodity vs Specialty Chemical .
Her specialty, though, is creating traditional dishes with a twist.
As sweet as my son Noah is, there are only so many supermarkets, malls and specialty shops that I can run into before he's reached his limit.
AuroraChem East is a manufacturer and supplier of specialty laundry chemicals and services based in Charlotte, N.C.
Oakland, Calif – Specialty retailer.
He gets to sample salmon steaks, a veggie burger, a tofu bowl, and various other house specialties.

In science:

But here we have to be careful about a specialty of the super case: supercommutators of elements with themselves do not necessarily vanish.
Sylvester-t' Hooft generators of sl(n) and sl(n|n), and relations between them
A compensation by gapless degrees of freedom: the today’s specialty.
Topological Character of Excitations in Strongly Correlated Electronic Systems: Confinement and Dimensional Crossover
Among other examples, we have applied the algorithm to a network of collaborations between more than fifty thousand physicists, and found that the resulting community structure corresponds closely to the traditional divisions between specialties and research groups in the field.
Fast algorithm for detecting community structure in networks
The graph breaks down into four large groups, each composed primarily to physicists of one specialty, as shown.
Fast algorithm for detecting community structure in networks
A collection of journal papers is a database of papers that comprehensively samples the journal literature of a scientific specialty.
Construction of bipartite and unipartite weighted networks from collections of journal papers