- (of a disease) produced by a special cause or infection.
- (of a remedy) having special effect in the prevention or cure of a certain disease.
- designating a physical constant that, for a particular substance, is expressed as the ratio of the quantity in the substance to the quantity in an equal volume of a standard substance, as water or air.
- designating a physical constant that expresses a property or effect as a quantity per unit length, area, volume, or mass.
Origin of specific
Examples from the Web for specific
One specific kind of emergency is at the heart of this, such as when an airplane suffers a loss of stability at night.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So too with a vaccine that provokes a specific immune response aimed at a specific RNA sequence.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers|Kent Sepkowitz|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Protocols have specific meanings behind them, rather than do what I say because I say so,” she added.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Very few agencies offer police any specific guidance or training on how to question people with ID,” said Garrett.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To that end, PepsiCo adapts different global brands with products customized for specific markets.
The specific name griseus means gray, and probably has reference to the grayish color of the winter plumage.
The specific "Additional Instructions" quoted by Rodney appear not to have been found.
Of her specific exploits as a bruiser we hear of at least two near Dover.Isopel Berners|George Borrow
But an examination of this orchid affords no pronounced evidence of any specific intention.My Studio Neighbors|William Hamilton Gibson
The specific gravity of water is taken as unity, and that of any other substance is expressed as a decimal.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out|Fred T. Hodgson
British Dictionary definitions for specific
- characteristic of a property of a particular substance, esp in relation to the same property of a standard reference substancespecific gravity
- characteristic of a property of a particular substance per unit mass, length, area, volume, etcspecific heat
- (of an extensive physical quantity) divided by massspecific heat capacity; specific volume
Word Origin for specific
Word Origin and History for specific
1630s, "having a special quality," from French spécifique, from Late Latin specificus "constituting a species," from Latin species "kind, sort" (see species). Earlier form was specifical (early 15c.). Meaning "definite, precise" first recorded 1740.