- (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
Antonyms for specific
Related Words for specificsinformation, component, feature, element, thing, piece, case, specific, article, fact, circumstance, minutiae, accomplishment, phenomenon, experience, evidence, incident, factor, action, performance
Examples from the Web for specifics
Contemporary Examples of specifics
Even when pressed, the department has been less than forthcoming with specifics on police shootings in the city.Chicago’s Cops Don’t Even Get Investigated for Shooting People in the Back
December 5, 2014
But the specifics of “sex” were, and in many states still are, loosely defined.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
He sticks only to specifics—the dates of operations, the number of people killed on both sides, even the number of bullets fired.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
The whole picture does not include a whole lot of specifics.Rand Paul Channels Malala to Bash Obama
October 23, 2014
He said he was chasing a good story, but kept the specifics close to his chest.Was U.S. Journalist Steven Sotloff a Marked Man?
September 2, 2014
Historical Examples of specifics
He had mastered the trick of making universals sound like specifics.Sense from Thought Divide
Mark Irvin Clifton
Drinking and singing were specifics on the day stated to me.Memoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, Volume 2 (of 2)
The Duke of Buckingham
Mortification and disappointment, then, are specifics in a case of stubbornness.The Belle's Stratagem
Thus, for diarrha, fever, and rheumatism there were no specifics.The British Expedition to the Crimea
William Howard Russell
But, to bring the generalization down to specifics, just who would that be?Adolescents Only
Irving E. Cox
- 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
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.