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specification

[spes-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌspɛs ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of specifying.
2.
Usually, specifications. a detailed description or assessment of requirements, dimensions, materials, etc., as of a proposed building, machine, bridge, etc.
3.
a particular item, aspect, calculation, etc., in such a description.
4.
something specified, as in a bill of particulars; a specified particular, item, or article.
5.
an act of making specific.
6.
the state of having a specific character.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Medieval Latin specificātiōn- (stem of specificātiō), equivalent to specificāt(us) (past participle of specificāre to mention, describe; see specific, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonspecification, noun
prespecification, noun
respecification, noun
superspecification, noun
Synonyms
4. requirement, condition, qualification.
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Examples from the web for specification
  • And, after all, no market demand in the world takes the form of exact technical specification of the article required.
  • Consult the specification sheet for the solar panels.
  • Libraries, the cathedrals of learning necessary for any university, are not up to specification.
  • These devices need a slightly different specification from domestic ones, adapted to cope with a harsh outdoor environment.
  • Others are expected to follow or adjust the specification of their products to try to recover higher costs.
  • The result is, however, highly sensitive to the exact specification of the model used to control for other factors.
  • When cars can be built to a customer's specification, dealers need to take a different approach to selling.
  • To succeed, it will need to produce some desirable, high-specification handsets.
  • The genetic mechanism underlying the specification of one muscle type versus the other was unclear, however.
  • The data are exceptionally detailed and considerably better than the mission's specification.
British Dictionary definitions for specification

specification

/ˌspɛsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of specifying
2.
(in patent law) a written statement accompanying an application for a patent that describes the nature of an invention
3.
a detailed description of the criteria for the constituents, construction, appearance, performance, etc, of a material, apparatus, etc, or of the standard of workmanship required in its manufacture
4.
an item, detail, etc, specified
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Word Origin and History for specification
n.

1610s, "act of investing with some quality," from Medieval Latin specificationem (nominative specificatio), from Latin species "kind, sort" (see species) + -ficus, unstressed comb. form of facere "to make, do." Meaning "technical particular" is attested from 1833; short form spec first attested 1956.

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specification in Technology

jargon
(spec) A document describing how some system should work.
(2001-02-06)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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