specification

noun

spec·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌspe-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce specification (audio)
ˌspes-fə-
1
: the act or process of specifying
2
a
: 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

Examples of specification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Assessing the number of bugs, adherence to specifications and software stability indicates their understanding and progress on the project. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 These monuments to analog craft were physically accessible touchstones for generations of musical artists: those who wrote and performed the music, those who built the studios to rigorous specifications in order to harness the optimum spaces for sound and those who recorded those sounds. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 Built to her European owner’s exacting specifications, the first example has a custom layout and bespoke finishes. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 Feb. 2024 Escola has a niche carved to their own peculiar specifications. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2024 The vehicle’s specifications are similar to when Jeep first teased the Wagoneer S in 2022: 600hp, a zero to 60mph time of about 3.5 seconds, and a grille lit by LEDs. Amrita Khalid, The Verge, 19 Jan. 2024 The act seen in the show is Ibarra’s creation, and the equipment for it was built to his specifications. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, 16 Jan. 2024 These specifications include properties for sale or rent, within an ideal price range, with amenities like a garage or basement, and more. Blake Bakkila, Sunset Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 They're packed full of metrics and definitions that produce impressively specific and granular segment specifications. Gabriel Zamora, PCMAG, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of specification was in 1633

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Cite this Entry

“Specification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specification. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

specification

noun
spec·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌspes-(ə-)fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce specification (audio)
1
: the act or process of specifying
2
a
: a description of work to be done or materials to be used
usually used in plural
the architect's specifications for a new building
b
: a single specified item

Legal Definition

specification

noun
spec·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌspe-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce specification (audio)
: 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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