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Definition of spec

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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 How to pronounce spec'd (audio) \; speccing

Definition of spec (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of spec (Entry 3 of 3)

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Noun parts built according to spec
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With 100x zoom, 108-megapixel sensor and 8K video, the specs for the Galaxy S20 5G family are also much larger than its predecessors. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Galaxy S20 phone has a 108-megapixel camera. What does that even mean?," 18 Feb. 2020 Motor Trend weighed top-spec versions of both SUVs and the results were within a pound of each other, 16 slim ounces. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2020 Kia Telluride: A Peaceful Ride Even With a Car Full of Kids," 17 Jan. 2020 And the eco specs are solid: the exterior is recycled polyester blended with cotton and treated with non-PFC DWR, and the insulation is 600-fill recycled waterfowl down that meets the Global Recycled Standard by Textile Exchange. Aleta Burchyski, Outside Online, "I Tried to Hate the Amazon Parka, But It Won Me Over," 26 Jan. 2020 This laptop also has a 13.4-inch touchscreen that supports Dolby Vision HDR or HDR400, depending on the spec, and that comes in either 1,920×1,200 or 4K variants. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1—a notable redesign—goes on sale today," 8 Aug. 2019 However, Toyota shifted a full 25 percent of all RAV4s sold last year in the hybrid spec, so there are clearly winners in the space. Adam Kaslikowski, Car and Driver, "Yes, Even Jeep Is Making Bold Claims about Its Electric Future," 16 Jan. 2020 The OnePlus Concept One has the same rear camera specs as the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren phone: a 48-megapixel main camera with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera. Lauren Goode, Wired, "OnePlus Shows Off a Phone With a Disappearing Rear Camera," 3 Jan. 2020 But those specs are already enough to make the windows a viable product, says Hardev, adding the company is likely to improve the transparency significantly. Scientific American, "Windows: No Longer Just for Letting In the Light," 9 Dec. 2019 The specs are roughly in line with the first-generation HoloLens, people familiar with the matter now say. Joshua Brustein, latimes.com, "Magic Leap ships its much anticipated augmented reality device under tight security," 31 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb HP Elite Dragonfly specs: Many, many choices The Elite Dragonfly has a spec list as long and shiny as its namesake. Ben Patterson, PCWorld, "HP’s Elite Dragonfly 2-in-1 packs enterprise-class features into a stylish, sliver-thin shell," 18 Sep. 2019 Smart specs:Amazon unveils its first-ever pair of smart glasses, the Echo Frames Got a new (or used) iPhone:Here are some tips and tricks to make the most of it The new AirPod Pros tout better sound, a new design and noise cancellation. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Amazon's Echo Buds sound great – but not as great as AirPods," 29 Oct. 2019 Dealers will remove and reinstall two fasteners that the factory didn't torque to spec. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Ford Recalls 260,000 More Fusion Sedans for Breaking Shifter Cables," 15 May 2019 Asus Gaming stuff inside Inside the Mothership, Asus specs a mobile Core i9-8950HK chip and Nvidia’s brand new GeForce RTX 2080. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "No, really: Asus' crazy ROG Mothership is like a Surface Pro for gaming," 6 Jan. 2019 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

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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


by alteration

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“Spec.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spec. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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
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Legal Definition of spec

: to write specifications for

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