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specification

[spes-uh-fi-key-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of specifying.
  2. Usually specifications. a detailed description or assessment of requirements, dimensions, materials, etc., as of a proposed building, machine, bridge, etc.
  3. a particular item, aspect, calculation, etc., in such a description.
  4. something specified, as in a bill of particulars; a specified particular, item, or article.
  5. an act of making specific.
  6. the state of having a specific character.

Origin of specification

1605–15; < Medieval Latin specificātiōn- (stem of specificātiō), equivalent to specificāt(us) (past participle of specificāre to mention, describe; see specific, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·spec·i·fi·ca·tion, nounpre·spec·i·fi·ca·tion, nounre·spec·i·fi·ca·tion, nounsu·per·spec·i·fi·ca·tion, noun

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4. requirement, condition, qualification.
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Examples from the Web for specification

Historical Examples

  • In this specification of personal supplication we are taught to expect only as we deserve.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • The law contained no specification of the mutual rights and duties of the spouses.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

  • No specification of the time and circumstances can be made which will stand examination.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

  • Some examples of the process of specification will be useful.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • Things were not being done, he felt, according to specification.

    Long Live the King

    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for specification

specification

noun
  1. the act or an instance of specifying
  2. (in patent law) a written statement accompanying an application for a patent that describes the nature of an invention
  3. a detailed description of the criteria for the constituents, construction, appearance, performance, etc, of a material, apparatus, etc, or of the standard of workmanship required in its manufacture
  4. an item, detail, etc, specified
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Word Origin and History for specification

n.

1610s, "act of investing with some quality," from Medieval Latin specificationem (nominative specificatio), from Latin species "kind, sort" (see species) + -ficus, unstressed comb. form of facere "to make, do." Meaning "technical particular" is attested from 1833; short form spec first attested 1956.

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