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spec

[spek] /spɛk/
noun
1.
Usually, specs. specification (def 2).
adjective
3.
built, done, bought, etc., as a speculation:
the construction of spec houses.
verb (used with object), spec'd or specked or specced, spec'ing or specking or speccing.
4.
to provide specifications for:
Their newest truck was spec'd by a computer.
Idioms
5.
on spec, made, built, or done with hopes of but no assurance of payment or a sale; without commitment by a client or buyer:
ad illustrations done on spec; luxury homes built on spec and sold before completion.
Origin of spec
1785-1795
1785-95, Americanism; by shortening
Related forms
spec’er, specker, noun

speck

[spek] /spɛk/
noun
1.
a small spot differing in color or substance from that of the surface or material upon which it appears or lies:
Specks of soot on the window sill.
2.
a very little bit or particle:
We haven't a speck of sugar.
3.
something appearing small by comparison or by reason of distance:
By then the town was just a speck.
verb (used with object)
4.
to mark with, or as with, a speck or specks.
Origin
before 900; Middle English specke, Old English specca; cognate with Dutch spikkel
Related forms
speckedness
[spek-id-nis] /ˈspɛk ɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
speckless, adjective
specklessly, adverb
specklessness, noun
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  • We have twenty-one of them up, specking the sky as clearly as a bacteriologist's slide is specked with microbes.

    Letters from France C. E. W. Bean
British Dictionary definitions for specking

spec

/spɛk/
noun
1.
on spec, as a speculation or gamble: all the tickets were sold so I went to the theatre on spec
adjective
2.
(prenominal) (Austral & NZ) speculative: a spec developer
Word Origin
C19: short for speculation or speculative

speck

/spɛk/
noun
1.
a very small mark or spot
2.
a small or tiny piece of something
verb
3.
(transitive) to mark with specks or spots
Word Origin
Old English specca; related to Middle Dutch spekelen to sprinkle
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Word Origin and History for specking

speck

n.

Old English specca "small spot, stain," of unknown origin; probably related to Dutch speckel "speck, speckle," Middle Dutch spekelen "to sprinkle." Meaning "tiny bit" developed c.1400.

spec

n.

short for specification, 1956. Related: Specs.

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Slang definitions & phrases for specking

spec

noun

The spectacular opening procession of a circus: Mrs Webster rode an elephant in the ''spec'' (1926+ Circus)

spec

Related Terms

on spec

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for specking

spec

1.
speculation
2.
write specifications for
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Idioms and Phrases with specking

spec

see: on spec
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