spec·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌspe-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən, ˌspes-fə-\

Definition of specification

1 : the act or process of specifying
2a : a detailed precise presentation of something or of a plan or proposal for something usually used in plural
b : a statement of legal particulars (as of charges or of contract terms) also : a single item of such statement
c : a written description of an invention for which a patent is sought

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But, Kit could see everything, and over the next year would redesign every square inch to her exact specifications. John P. Darcy, Vogue, "The Year We Left New York," 27 Dec. 2018 Also of note, rumors suggest the S10 Plus will only have three cameras like the S10, though the specifications Olixar received indicate a fourth camera will be added to match the Galaxy A9. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy S10 renders show hole-punch camera, headphone jack, and no fingerprint sensor," 13 Dec. 2018 Seaduced offers private or semi-private rides for couples or groups, including tours with a picnic lunch or a sunset dinner prepared to your specifications by the on-board chef. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 For several years now, requirements work, technical specifications and early prototyping have already been underway at General Dynamics Electric Boat. Fox News, "Navy mulls acceleration of first nuclear-armed Columbia ballistic missile sub," 6 June 2018 Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855 Now that the specification has been written, chipmakers are jockeying for position in the 5G space. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 mobile chip as it readies for 5G," 4 Dec. 2018 Walls were painted, pale wood floors restored, and the bathroom and kitchen were given a facelift that’s faithful to the architect’s original minimalist specifications. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Moshe Safdie’s own unit in Habitat 67 completes renovation," 29 Nov. 2018 Can one of the many hundreds of makers craft a lamp, a chair, or a rug to the exact specifications of a foreign buyer? Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How Moroccan Rugs Are Made: Weaving With Women in the Atlas Mountains," 19 Nov. 2018 Balls have been produced to exacting specifications — 9 to 9.25 inches in circumference and 5 to 5.25 ounces in weight — for more than a century. Kirk Kenney, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Why are home runs being hit at record pace this season?," 16 July 2017

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First Known Use of specification

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of specification

: a detailed description of work to be done or materials to be used in a project : an instruction that says exactly how to do or make something


spec·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌspe-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Kids Definition of specification

1 : the act or process of mentioning exactly and clearly
2 : a single item exactly and clearly mentioned
3 : a description of work to be done or materials to be used often used in pl. building specifications


spec·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌspe-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Legal Definition of specification

: a detailed precise presentation of something or of a plan or proposal for something: as
a : a written statement containing a description of particulars (as of charges or contract terms)
b : a written description of an invention or discovery for which a patent is sought that embodies the manner and process of making and using the invention or discovery and concludes with a claim of that aspect for which the applicant demands credit
c : a written description of construction work to be done forming part of the contract usually used in pl.

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