- spectacles; eyeglasses.
Origin of specs
First recorded in 1800–10; by shortening
- built, done, bought, etc., as a speculation: the construction of spec houses.
- to provide specifications for: Their newest truck was spec'd by a computer.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for specs
An iPhone by itself is a cool phone, though by no means ahead of all other phones in terms of specs.Can Microsoft Come Back? Dan Lyons’s Month Without Apple and Google
April 9, 2012
In terms of specs, the iPhone 4S is pretty much on par with the best Android-based smartphones.Apple's Smart to Play It Safe
October 5, 2011
And if one of you will just hand me my specs, I'll look over them with you and tell you all about them.Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach
Annie Roe Carr
He come down the car to the young woman, 'nd looked at her over his specs.Second Book of Tales
Elsie "Specs" was one of the two; the other was known to the street simply as Mame.Children of the Tenements
Jacob A. Riis
The Doctor looked at him over his specs, with a broad grin on his countenance.Twenty Years of Hus'ling
J. P. Johnston
Then Aunt Tilly looked up and her specs were all blurry and wet.Back Home
Irvin S. Cobb
- on spec as a speculation or gambleall the tickets were sold so I went to the theatre on spec
- (prenominal) Australian and NZ speculativea spec developer
C19: short for speculation or speculative
Word Origin and History for specs
short for specification, 1956. Related: Specs.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with specs
see on spec.
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