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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 (audio) \; speccing

Definition of spec (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of spec (Entry 3 of 3)

Examples of spec in a Sentence

Noun parts built according to spec
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its newest built-to-spec beast, fittingly dubbed the V2 Urban Fighter, is no exception. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Droog Moto’s Newest Dirt Bike Is a Heavy Metal Beast That’s Light on Its Feet," 12 Apr. 2021 Our high-spec SX test car came with eye-catching Tuscan Umber brown leather upholstery. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2022 Kia Carnival Fancies Up the Minivan," 5 Apr. 2021 And yes, the OnePlus 9 features the all-important spec of a 120Hz refresh rate. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro offer an excellent Android experience for less," 26 Mar. 2021 When County Stadium, the ballpark built on spec by Milwaukee County to lure a major-league team, first became the home of the Milwaukee Braves in 1953, fans were allowed to bring in their own beverages, including beer — in bottles or cans, even. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "60 years ago, Milwaukee County tried to ban carry-ins at the stadium. It did not go well.," 5 Mar. 2021 The closest equivalent model is the QE65QN95A, which uses the same screen spec, but ships with an external connections box instead of building all of its connections into the main TV chassis like the QN90A does. John Archer, Forbes, "Samsung QN65QN90A TV Review: Mini LED Marvel," 25 Feb. 2021 The second property is a spec home built by Canadian businessman and Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini, The Wall Street Journal reported. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Jeff Bezos, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen Led 2020’s Biggest Real-Estate Deals," 28 Dec. 2020 And without a large amount of work allowed to be performed on the car to keep it as spec as possible, the races will largely be in the hands of the drivers. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Dirt racing duo Kyle LeDuc, Sara Price lead Chip Ganassi Racing into off-road world in Extreme E," 2 Apr. 2021 Dimensions won’t change much, though weight is expected to fall 100 pounds or so when engineering on the U.S.- spec model is complete. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2022 VW Golf R, hot hatchback for connoisseurs, keeps the compact performance flag flying," 15 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mercedes-Maybach will also offer a host of personalization options to allow buyers to spec their ride to their exacting standards—for a price. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Costs $75,000 More Than Benz Model," 10 Mar. 2021 For instance, the buyer can spec a six-speed Getrag manual gearbox (which would be our choice), or the original automatic transmission. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Under the Hood: This Reborn Version of the Mercedes “Red Pig” Has Us in Hog Heaven," 2 Mar. 2021 While the team had originally planned to work with items from their inventory, the brand sponsorships allowed them (and the other two design teams) to spec some new furniture specifically for the spaces. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Toledo Geller Orchestrates Design Makeovers for Three First Responders," 22 Dec. 2020 Today, buyers can spec one that's 15 percent bigger than that, with 98.0 kilowatt-hours. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "The Secret Adjustment Factor Tesla Uses to Get Its Big EPA Range Numbers," 30 Aug. 2020 And there's an option to spec the tailgate with a work surface that includes rulers, pencil holders, a cupholder, and a place to keep your mobile device. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Everything we know about the new Ford F-150 truck—including the hybrid," 25 June 2020 While most tents come rated as 1-, 2-, or 3-person or larger, don’t make the manufacturer’s specs your only consideration. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Look for in a Two-Person Tent," 15 Apr. 2020 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

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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 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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