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spec

[spek] /spɛk/
noun
1.
Usually, specs. specification (def 2).
adjective
3.
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 specking or speccing.
4.
to provide specifications for:
Their newest truck was spec'd by a computer.
Idioms
5.
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
1785-1795
1785-95, Americanism; by shortening
Related forms
spec’er, specker, noun

specs

[speks] /spɛks/
plural noun, Informal.
1.
spectacles; eyeglasses.
Origin
1800-10; by shortening
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Examples from the web for spec
  • When things did not meet spec they came to us for a decision.
  • The doubters were proven right: early production versions of the plane failed to live up to the advertised spec, angering buyers.
  • These spec lies only make you look shifty and insecure.
  • In order to check that the final product matches the design spec, there needs to be an agreed-upon point of reference.
  • However, these spec changes seem to jive with other purported hardware upgrades that have been floating around the web as of late.
  • Although still an entry level hobbyist radio controlled car, it incorporates design features from the higher spec models.
  • The results of this painstaking process are working drawings that spec out every last fixture.
British Dictionary definitions for spec

spec

/spɛk/
noun
1.
on spec, as a speculation or gamble: all the tickets were sold so I went to the theatre on spec
adjective
2.
(prenominal) (Austral & NZ) speculative: a spec developer
Word Origin
C19: short for speculation or speculative

spec.

abbreviation
1.
specification
2.
speculation

specs

/spɛks/
plural noun (informal)
1.
short for spectacles
2.
short for specifications See specification
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Word Origin and History for spec
n.

short for specification, 1956. Related: Specs.

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Slang definitions & phrases for spec

spec

noun

The spectacular opening procession of a circus: Mrs Webster rode an elephant in the ''spec'' (1926+ Circus)


spec

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on spec


specs 1

noun

Spectacles; glasses: Oh Lord, I broke my new specs (1807+)


specs 2

noun

The specifications of a blueprint, architectural plan, printing order, etc (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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spec in Technology
benchmark, body
Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.
A non-profit corporation registered in California formed to "establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant benchmarks that can be applied to the newest generation of high-performance computers" (from SPEC's bylaws). The founders believe that the user community will benefit greatly from an objective series of applications-oriented tests, which can serve as common reference points and be considered during the evaluation process.
SPEC develops suites of benchmarks intended to measure computer performance. These are available to the public for a fee covering development and administration costs.
The current (14 Nov 94) SPEC benchmark suites are: CINT92 (CPU intensive integer benchmarks); CFP92 (CPU intensive floating-point benchmarks); SDM (UNIX Software Development Workloads); SFS (System level file server (NFS) workload).
Results (ftp://ftp.cdf.toronto.edu/pub/spectable).
SPEC also publishes a quarterly report of SPEC news and results, The SPEC Newsletter. Some issues are here (http://performance.netlib.org/performance/html/spec.html).
There is a FAQ about SPEC here (http://performance.netlib.org/performance/html/specfaq.html).
(1994-11-14)


A specification language. It expresses black box interface specifications for large distributed systems with real-time constraints. It incorporates conceptual models, inheritance and the event model. It is a descendant of MSG.84.
["An Introduction to the Specification Language Spec", V. Berzins et al, IEEE Software 7(2):74-84 (Mar 1990)].

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Related Abbreviations for spec

spec

  1. speculation
  2. write specifications for

spec.

  1. special
  2. specialist
  3. specific
  4. specifically
  5. specification
  6. speculation

specs

  1. specifications
  2. spectacles (eyeglasses)
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Idioms and Phrases with spec

spec

see: on spec
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