- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for prespecification
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.