specify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v specify select something or someone for a specific purpose "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"
    • v specify design or destine "She was intended to become the director"
    • v specify define clearly "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"
    • v specify decide upon or fix definitely "fix the variables","specify the parameters"
    • v specify specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement "The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life","The contract stipulates the dates of the payments"
    • v specify be specific about "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"
    • v specify determine the essential quality of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As specified by the Christian church, the canonical hours are matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline.
    • v. t Specify To mention or name, as a particular thing; to designate in words so as to distinguish from other things; as, to specify the uses of a plant; to specify articles purchased. "He has there given us an exact geography of Greece, where the countries and the uses of their soils are specified ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The bible does not specify exactly how many wise men were sent to Bethleham.
    • specify To mention specifically or explicitly; state exactly or in detail; name distinctly: as, to specify the persons concerned in a given act; to specify one's wants, or articles required.
    • specify To name as a requisite, as in technical specifications; set down in a specification.
    • specify To make specific; give a specific character to; distinguish as of a species or kind.
    • specify Synonyms To indicate, particularize, individualize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Specify spes′i-fī to mention particularly: to set down as a requisite
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. spécifier, or OF. especifier, fr. LL. specificare,. See Species -fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—Low L. specificāre—L. species, kind, facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

And this disease is peculiarly specified, Psalm cxxvii.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
It would be a waste of time to specify the variations in the three bills.
"The Constitutional History of England From 1760 to 1860" by Charles Duke Yonge
Of the Articles thus specified the most important is No.
"Why We Are At War (2nd Edition, revised)" by Members of the Oxford Faculty of Modern History
The report specifies the improvements deemed proper, and the estimate of their cost.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents," by Edited by James D. Richardson
The boundary specified by the sixth article has been established by the decision of the commissioners.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
A ball is so far like a run with fox-hounds that it is difficult to specify the precise moment at which the sport begins.
"M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."" by G.J. Whyte-Melville
Ordered relief to be given in the cases specified.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Why do these letters omit to specify the sin of slaveholding?
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Many advantages of such a system were specified.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The only crimes which, as the general rule, will be specified, will be deadly affrays with bowie knives, dirks, pistols.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
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In poetry:

Refused that instant to comply
With my absurd request,
For reasons she could specify,
Some twenty score at least.
"Apology To Delia : For Desiring A Lock Of Her Hair" by William Cowper
Nay! It were churlish to review
And specify by marked attention
Our bedbooks. They are far too nu-
Merous to mention.
""Bedbooks"" by Franklin Pierce Adams
The cases were tried in Department Thirteen,
Judge Murphy presided, sedate and serene,
But couldn't quite specify, legal and straight,
The cursedest rascal in all of the State.
"The Legatee" by Ambrose Bierce
Which the same, when rolled out,
We observed, with surprise,
Was what he, no doubt,
Thought the number and prize--
Them figures in red in the corner,
Which the number of notes specifies.
"Further Language From Truthful James" by Francis Bret Harte
Now it is time with myrtle green to crown the shining pate,
And with the early blossoms of the spring to decorate;
To sacrifice to Faunus, on whose favor we rely,
A sprightly lamb, mayhap a kid, as he may specify.
"In The Springtime" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Test Method Cd 12b-92* Ca 5a-40 Cc 13b-45 Cc 1-25* Cd 1d-92 Cc 13e-92* Cc 18-80 User specified Cd 16-81 or Cd 16b-93.
In this view, you will need to enter an encryption password, verify the password, and specify a required password hint.
However, regardless of whether a utility has any summer cooling load, the method will estimate carbon and CO2 sequestration values for the specified tree species.
Once again, the Washington County Commissioners have been tinkering with the local tax on development, this time exempting specified properties that change from one type of use to another.
Did you specify the color of the stripes on your Goyard bag.
Our combined customers will benefit from an expert supplier capable of helping to specify fasteners and the tooling solutions to pro...
When I try, though, I get a message saying that the specified file is being used by Windows.
At least a third of the Palo Alto City Council is in favor of testing out a program that would allow people who use their cars for shelter to continue doing so, but only in specified parts of town.
Specifying an altogether new element was typically less expensive for compounders than getting one refurbished .
The new law specifies that graduate student research assistants are not public employees as it relates to collective bargaining.
Police did an area check of the location Pennock specified and were unsuccessful at finding the suspect or any leads.
SPF is being specified more often for both new construction and retrofit applications in the quest for LEED points.
Following this morning's attempted terror attacks against Israeli personnel in Georgia and India, Israeli officials said they would respond, though declined to specify further.
Sanjay Kaul and George Diamond (JACC 2010), "In clinical trials, investigators pre-specify a significance level (most commonly 0.05)…".
The moving lights I specified were easy to control from the Ion .
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In science:

Furthermore, we specify the symmetry of POVMs.
Quantum circuits for single-qubit measurements corresponding to platonic solids
To specify the symmetry of POVMs on a single qubit using geometric concepts, we use the correspondence of POVMs to points on the Bloch sphere as already mentioned in the introduction.
Quantum circuits for single-qubit measurements corresponding to platonic solids
Let us specify some notations: E T is the adjoint to the E space.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
In order to specify appearing problems, let us give an example with a linear field, J (f ) = Af , and quadratic entropy, S (f ) = (1/2)hf |f i.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
To this end we need to specify the non-direct paths more precisely.
Semiclassical Construction of Random Wave Functions for Confined Systems
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