spec

[ spek ]
/ spɛk /

noun

adjective

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.

to provide specifications for: Their newest truck was spec'd by a computer.

Idioms for spec

    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

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; by shortening

OTHER WORDS FROM spec

spec·’er, speck·er, noun

Definition for specking (2 of 2)

speck
[ spek ]
/ spɛk /

noun

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.
a very little bit or particle: We haven't a speck of sugar.
something appearing small by comparison or by reason of distance: By then the town was just a speck.

verb (used with object)

to mark with, or as with, a speck or specks.

Origin of speck

before 900; Middle English specke, Old English specca; cognate with Dutch spikkel

OTHER WORDS FROM speck

speck·ed·ness [spek-id-nis] /ˈspɛk ɪd nɪs/, nounspeck·less, adjectivespeck·less·ly, adverbspeck·less·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for specking

  • We have twenty-one of them up, specking the sky as clearly as a bacteriologist's slide is specked with microbes.

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British Dictionary definitions for specking (1 of 2)

spec
/ (spɛk) informal /

noun

on spec as a speculation or gambleall the tickets were sold so I went to the theatre on spec

adjective

(prenominal) Australian and NZ speculativea spec developer

Word Origin for spec

C19: short for speculation or speculative

British Dictionary definitions for specking (2 of 2)

speck
/ (spɛk) /

noun

a very small mark or spot
a small or tiny piece of something

verb

(tr) to mark with specks or spots

Word Origin for speck

Old English specca; related to Middle Dutch spekelen to sprinkle
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Idioms and Phrases with specking

spec

see on spec.

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