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specs

[speks] /spɛks/
plural noun, Informal.
1.
spectacles; eyeglasses.
Origin of specs
1800-1810
1800-10; by shortening

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
1785-95, Americanism; by shortening
Related forms
spec’er, specker, noun
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  • Except Uncle Moses his 'specs' and the deacon his two-pronged fork, that's never in the hay-mow when he wants it there.

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond
  • He come down the car to the young woman, 'nd looked at her over his specs.

    Second Book of Tales Eugene Field
  • The judge stopped, looking at Ollie from beneath the rims of his specs, as if waiting for her permission to proceed.

    The Bondboy George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • Elsie "specs" was one of the two; the other was known to the street simply as Mame.

  • It was below their dignity to do anything but grunt, put their specs on their noses, and lean chin upon staff.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
  • The Doctor looked at him over his specs, with a broad grin on his countenance.

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling J. P. Johnston
  • In a plank, in a play sole, in a heated red left tree there is shut in specs with salt be where.

    Tender Buttons Gertrude Stein
  • Then Aunt Tilly looked up and her specs were all blurry and wet.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for specs

specs

/spɛks/
plural noun (informal)
1.
short for spectacles
2.
short for specifications See specification

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
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Word Origin and History for specs

spec

n.

short for specification, 1956. Related: Specs.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for specs

special

Special K

noun phrase

: The pre-voting-age enthusiasts comeout of the stalls pie-eyed after a few lines of Special K, a snortable combination of horse tranquilizers, heroin, and coke

[1990s+ Narcotics; fr the trademark name of a brand of breakfast cereal]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for specs

specs

1.
specifications
2.
spectacles (eyeglasses)

spec

1.
speculation
2.
write specifications for
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Idioms and Phrases with specs

spec

see: on spec
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