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[spes-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌspɛs ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of specifying.
Usually, specifications. a detailed description or assessment of requirements, dimensions, materials, etc., as of a proposed building, machine, bridge, etc.
a particular item, aspect, calculation, etc., in such a description.
something specified, as in a bill of particulars; a specified particular, item, or article.
an act of making specific.
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 forms
nonspecification, noun
prespecification, noun
respecification, noun
superspecification, noun
4. requirement, condition, qualification. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for specification
Historical Examples
  • Work for the world according to its specification, and it will defile you.

    The Hive Will Levington Comfort
  • The law contained no specification of the mutual rights and duties of the spouses.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The logs and roof timbers were cut and fitted to specification before they were carried to position.

    Camping at Cherry Pond Henry Abbott
  • No specification of the time and circumstances can be made which will stand examination.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • So far I have added little to the information already published on this subject, except by the specification of dates.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • Some examples of the process of specification will be useful.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • The only specification offered is volunteered by Mr. Fillmore in his Albany speech.

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

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • This, too, to be pronounced in the Mayor's specification of his reasons, without any authority on your part to look out of it.

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

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for specification


the act or an instance of specifying
(in patent law) a written statement accompanying an application for a patent that describes the nature of an invention
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
an item, detail, etc, specified
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Word Origin and History for specification

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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