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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 of specification
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
Historical Examples
  • Work for the world according to its specification, and it will defile you.

    The Hive Will Levington Comfort
  • In this specification of personal supplication we are taught to expect only as we deserve.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • The logs and roof timbers were cut and fitted to specification before they were carried to position.

    Camping at Cherry Pond Henry Abbott
  • The law contained no specification of the mutual rights and duties of the spouses.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • So far I have added little to the information already published on this subject, except by the specification of dates.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • No specification of the time and circumstances can be made which will stand examination.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The only specification offered is volunteered by Mr. Fillmore in his Albany speech.

  • Some examples of the process of specification will be useful.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • This, too, to be pronounced in the Mayor's specification of his reasons, without any authority on your part to look out of it.

  • Things were not being done, he felt, according to specification.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
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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