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spec

1

[ spek ]

noun

  1. Usually specs. specification ( def 2 ).


adjective

  1. 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 speck·ing or spec·cing.
  1. to provide specifications for:

    The custom turbocharger was spec'd by our mechanic.

  2. (in a video game) to create or update (a character) by assigning attributes, skills, weapons, armor, and other items that affect the character’s powers, speed, strength, intelligence, etc.:

    Do your research before you spec your character, because some builds are just not viable and this game does not allow you to re-spec.

spec.

2

abbreviation for

  1. special.
  2. specially.
  3. specifically.
  4. specification.

spec.

1

abbreviation for

  1. specification
  2. speculation


spec

2

/ spɛk /

noun

  1. on spec
    on spec as a speculation or gamble

    all the tickets were sold so I went to the theatre on spec

adjective

  1. prenominal speculative

    a spec developer

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Other Words From

  • spec’·er speck·er noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of spec1

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; by shortening

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Word History and Origins

Origin of spec1

C19: short for speculation or speculative

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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms
  1. 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.

More idioms and phrases containing spec

see on spec .

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Example Sentences

Check out each product’s specs for more information on lifespan.

Non-gamers often find themselves surprised at just how many tech specs a computer mouse can have.

The goal of writing a compelling product description copy is to provide your potential customers with all the relevant details, specs, and info they might need to make a purchase.

If your TV handles these specs, you need to make sure your switcher can, too.

Pay attention to any specs available and look for models that throw in extra attachments.

Cody Towse, 29-year-old Sgt.1st Class Jeffrey Baker, 24-year-old Spec.

A Facebook photo shows four of them, 28-year-old Staff Sgt Francis Phillips, 19-year-old Spec.

Then comes the spec, circus slang for the spectacle that opens the show.

The director, Peter Hermes, had an online sample reel of previous work that included a spec Doritos commercial.

Richard Rushfield is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of On Spec: A Novel of Young Hollywood.

"The whole thing looks like being a damned bad spec," the Syndicate grumbled.

En ez fur sellen' this place, war I wuz born'd en raze, I never spec' ter.

Dis hyer letter what she done wrote dis mawnin tells all bout it I spec.

A tiny point near the center of the screen swelled to a spec, and jumped nearly off the screen to the left.

If we were out in some parts of the West, Saul Harrington, any office would find it a bad spec to insure your life.

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