Usually, specs. specification ( def 2 ).
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.
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.

1785–95, Americanism; by shortening

spec’er, specker, noun
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plural noun Informal.
spectacles; eyeglasses.

1800–10; by shortening

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

abbreviation for
1.  specification
2.  speculation

specs (spɛks)
pl n
1.  short for spectacles
2.  See specification short for specifications

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SPEC definition

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).

Spec definition

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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. speculation

  2. write specifications for

  1. special

  2. specialist

  3. specific

  4. specifically

  5. specification

  6. speculation

  1. specifications

  2. spectacles (eyeglasses)

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see on spec.

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Example sentences
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.
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