\ˈspek \

Definition of spec 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : specification usually used in plural also : a single quantity (such as a dimension or a measure of performance) describing a product especially as part of a specification

2 : speculation built the house on spec


specced or spec'd\ˈspekt \; speccing

Definition of spec (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of spec (Entry 3 of 3)

Examples of spec in a Sentence


parts built according to spec

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

View 10 Photos Although Hyundai hasn’t yet detailed the Kona Electric’s specs or feature lineup for the United States—or set its pricing—we’re expecting it to be quite close to how the model is positioned in Europe. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Boasts a Big Battery," 28 Feb. 2018 Additionally, the suspension is now a double wishbone setup with pullrod dampers for better handling, and the cars feature a racing-spec braking system. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Ever wanted to see a race series just for Teslas? I’ve got good news," 25 Apr. 2018 The Boosted Mini still sports the most important specs of the bigger, second-generation Dual+ that came before it. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Boosted's New $750 Electric Skateboard Is Dangerously Buyable," 17 Apr. 2018 Beyond the specs, these laptops have a few more Apple-specific features worth talking about. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Apple’s new MacBook Pros have the latest Intel processors and quieter keyboards," 12 July 2018 So, with nothing special from the basic specs, pricing, or materials department, we're left with just a few tricks that HTC hopes will entice you to make a purchase. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "HTC’s new flagship smartphone has a translucent back, dual front cameras," 23 May 2018 This is top-notch specs, including a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1 TB of SSD. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: It's a Good Day To Have an Xbox," 8 May 2018 Aja, the helmer behind Horns and Piranha 3D, wrote the most recent draft of the script, which was initially penned as a spec by Shawn and Michael Rasmussen. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kaya Scodelario in Talks to Star in Paramount Horror Thriller 'Crawl' (Exclusive)," 31 May 2018 The 15-inch MacBook Pro is estimated to be a whopping 70 percent faster than the previous model, all features and specs combined. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Apple's MacBook Pros Get Faster Chips, New Keyboards (Kinda)," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The developer who sold a Los Angeles spec home to Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores for $100 million in 2016 is listing another property for $135 million. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Los Angeles Mansion Shoots for a Record $135 Million," 12 June 2018 As with most ultrabooks, the more you it spec-out, the shorter the battery life becomes: Dell estimates that the base model of the XPS 13 with a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage will last nearly 20 hours on a single charge. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "XPS 13 2018 review: Dell’s improvements propel this laptop forward," 24 Feb. 2018 Now, there's an easier way—simply spec your Mustang GT from the factory with the $6,500 Performance Pack 2. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We went to drive the new Ford Mustang—but a tornado messed things up," 17 May 2018 In fact, the 195.9-inch long 2019 ES specs out closer to the 1990 Lexus LS 400 flagship than the first ES 250. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Posher, sleeker 2019 Lexus ES will have Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa," 16 June 2018 The idea is meant to speed up the development process compared to the old model, in which a contractor builds the item to spec only after the design has been proven during testing. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Pentagon Doesn't Know How Much Anything Costs," 4 June 2018 Dedicated track rats may want to spec the C’s $8950 carbon-ceramic brakes and a set of grippier ultra-performance tires for $600, and hedonists may be interested in fancier paint, interior-trim upgrades, or one of AMG’s extra styling packages. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C / GT C Roadster / GT R," 7 Mar. 2018 For details on features, pricing or to spec out your own, go to http://bit.ly/2019Ram1500 Going long Among the most significant changes in the 2019 Ram 1500 is the four-inch extension of crew cabs. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Ram scores first strike as roomier, cushier all-new 2019 Ram 1500 begins shipping," 26 Mar. 2018 Buyers can no longer spec the slightly less powerful 333-hp version of this engine, and the rest of the A6’s powertrain carries over without any changes. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, "2018 Audi A6," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of spec


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spec


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English Language Learners Definition of spec

: a detailed description of work to be done or materials to be used in a project ( US )

specced or spec'd\ˈspekt \; speccing\ˈspe-kiŋ \

Legal Definition of spec 

: to write specifications for

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