• WordNet 3.6
    • n specification a restriction that is insisted upon as a condition for an agreement
    • n specification (patent law) a document drawn up by the applicant for a patent of invention that provides an explicit and detailed description of the nature and use of an invention
    • n specification a detailed description of design criteria for a piece of work
    • n specification naming explicitly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1865, the U.S. Secret Service was first established for the specific purpose to combat the counterfeiting of money
    • specification A detailed listing or description of the required properties of some object proposed to be built or bought; -- usually used in the plural; as, the building specifications require that it withstand an earthquake of magnitude 8; the program specifications require an option to change the menus.
    • specification A written statement containing a minute description or enumeration of particulars, as of charges against a public officer, the terms of a contract, the description of an invention, as in a patent; also, a single article, item, or particular, an allegation of a specific act, as in a charge of official misconduct.
    • specification The act of specifying or determining by a mark or limit; notation of limits. "This specification or limitation of the question hinders the disputers from wandering away from the precise point of inquiry."
    • specification The designation of particulars; particular mention; as, the specification of a charge against an officer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An ordinance in Newcastle, Wyoming, specifically bans couples from having sex while standing inside a store's walk-in-meat freezer
    • n specification An act of specifying, or making a detailed statement, or the statement so made; a definite or formal mention of particulars: as, a specification of one's requirements.
    • n specification An article, item, or particular specified; a special point, detail, or reckoning upon which a claim, an accusation, an estimate, a plan, or an assertion is based: as, the specifications of an architect or an engineer, of an indictment, etc.; the specification of the third charge against a prisoner; statements unsupported by specifications.
    • n specification The act of making specific, or the state of having a specific character; reference to or correlation with a species or kind; determination of species or specific relation.
    • n specification In patent law, the applicant's description of the manner of constructing and using his invention. It is required to be so explicit as to enable any person skilled in the art or science to make and use the same; and in the United States it forms part of the patent, which cannot therefore protect the inventor in anything not within the specification.
    • n specification in civil law, the formation of a new property from materials belonging to another person. Specification exists where a person works up materials belonging to another into something which must be taken to be a new substance—for example, where whisky is made from corn. The effect is that the owner of the materials loses his property in them, and has only an action for the value of them against the person by whom they have been used. The doctrine originates in the civil law, but has been adopted by the common law, under the name of confusion and accession, at least where the person making the spccification acts in good faith.
    • n specification Same as law of specification.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. Street names for heroin include "smack," "H," "skag," and "junk." Other names may refer to types of heroin produced in a specific geographical area, such as "Mexican black tar."
    • n Specification the act of specifying: any point or particular specified: the description of his invention presented by an applicant for a patent
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  • Peter F. Drucker
    “Decision making is the specific executive task.”
  • Lily Tomlin
    “I have always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.”
  • Paul J. Meyer
    Paul J. Meyer
    “Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Goals should be SMART: S = Specific M = Measurable A = Assignable (who does what) R = Realistic T = Time-Related”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “You cannot make it as a wandering generality. You must become a meaningful specific.”
  • Barbara Tuchman
    Barbara Tuchman
    “No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. spécification, LL. specificatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—Low L. specificāre—L. species, kind, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

Narration and description are used effectively for the concrete examples and the specific instances by which we illustrate general ideas.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
A specific government will not need to be specific many times.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Christianity is for him a specific feeling.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
He introduced into Parliament and established the principle of Specific Appropriations.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Other pathogenic organisms are also present and aid the specific bacillus in its action.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Max Fane has specific orders to cooperate.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
Nobody mentioned a specific event in which a blueskin had at any named time taken part.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
Specific characters very difficult to analyze.
"Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole" by Gary N. Calkins
Typhoid fever is a specific form of fever developed from the action of a specific germ upon a susceptible system.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
They are, as the specific name implies, divided into three parts, each being of equal length, entire, wavy, and pointed.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood

In poetry:

What though our tempered poisons save
Some wrecks of life from aches and ails;
Those grand specifics Nature gave
Were never poised by weights or scales!
"For The Meeting Of The National Sanitary Association" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
There is no salve, that ever yet was found,
Nor medicine, can heal sin's deadly wound,
Besides our blessed Saviour's precious blood,
The sole specific, that can do us good!
"Christ Is All In All" by Rees Prichard
That God is truth; and if our dim ideal
Fall short of fact—so short that we must weep—
Why shape specific sorrows, though the real
Be not the song which erewhile made us sleep?
"Faith in God" by Henry Kendall
Dear father of our country, so alive
you must have lied incessantly to be
immediate, here are your bones crossed
on my breast like a rusty flintlock,
a pirate's flag, bravely specific
"On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art" by Frank O Hara
No specification is necessary—all that a male or female does, that
is vigorous, benevolent, clean, is so much profit to him or
her, in the unshakable order of the universe, and through the
whole scope of it forever.
"Manhattan Streets I Saunter'd, Pondering" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Getting data on a specific battery is as easy as reading a bar code.
A few years ago, Forrester (the Internet research firm) coined the phrase "transactional content" (TC) to try to define Web-specific content that would best move customers and prospects to action.
Ben-Veniste: Briefing wasn't specific, but was a warning.
As an ADHA member you are entitled to a variety of benefits that are designed specifically for you both personally and professionally.
Technology, specifically the emergence of online sportsbooks, was once expected to mark the end for "corner bookies " like Fielding.
Formulated specifically for pre-weaned calves , elim-A-fly™ is a daily add-pack that can be used with whole milk or a milk replacer.
It's no surprise that with 8 percent unemployment for 43 consecutive months, we chose to focus on job-creating legislation, specifically saving and creating jobs in the energy industry.
An app is software that allows users to perform specific tasks on a mobile device.
But the company never had a carburetor specific...
Overexpression of COX-2 has been implicated in the progression of certain cancers, specifically carcinomas .
However, cardiologists say there are specific concerns that can be dangerous or even fatal when they aren't informed.
Warwick coach Juan Jackson doesn't have much in the way of specifics, but he doesn't expect tailback Cardon Johnson back on the field until the season's ninth week — if then.
Go to the specific details about the park, food and lodging below.
While many aquariums mix a variety of species coming from different oceans and ecosystems, a biotope aquarium is designed to replicate a specific slice of nature.
New Specification for Standard Specification for Artists Pastels.

In science:

Similar to Landau’s theory, the equality of specific parameter of order to zero, is a criteria of 2nd order phase transition.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The SPECIFICATION part describes the semantics of the language. A dynamic definition defines a subset of a type with a semantic significance.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
Determination of M(X) In Step-down Runs the disorder is measured by the number of consecutive inverses. Specifically, disorder M(X) of a sequence X is measured as below.
Random Shuffling to Reduce Disorder in Adaptive Sorting Scheme
The generalizat ion of the above to vector fields needed in turbulence is straight forward. In order to be specific we will consider in the fo llowing the case where only M is different from zero but the derivat ion will readily suggest the treatment appropriate in other cases.
Streched exponential in non-linear stochastic filed theories
Structural relations between documents are specific to the model, but may be easily extracted from the underlying XML type definition.
Media Objects in Time - A Multimedia Streaming System