specification

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

Examples of specification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its recent renovation to the Sussexes' specifications cost the taxpayer more than $3 million. NBC News, "Harry and Meghan's 'progressive role' would still rely on British taxpayer millions," 12 Jan. 2020 The company sells new and used trucks, sometimes modified to customer specifications, and takes care of licensing and financing. Los Angeles Times, "L.A.’s best logo belongs to Western Truck Exchange. Prove us wrong," 2 Jan. 2020 The maximum speed for the 39-pound scooters is 15 mph, according to vendor specifications. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF will open campus to electric scooters for rent," 2 Dec. 2019 That kind of testing, typically the final phase before new software is released, ensures the software can handle real-world tasks and perform up to development specifications. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "The $11 Million Dollar Medicare Tool That Gives Seniors the Wrong Insurance Information," 25 Nov. 2019 Triton had also built three full-ocean depth landers—untethered platforms the size of Smart cars and laden with scientific instruments, navigational equipment, cameras, animal traps, and bait—engineered to the same specifications as the sub. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean," 22 Oct. 2019 Anything over a grand belongs in the mid-range category, though that label doesn't necessarily refer to a laptop's specifications. Flo Ion And Ashley Barry-biancuzzo, USA TODAY, "The best gaming laptops of 2019," 15 Oct. 2019 The Florence company offers a range of cycling excursions in Tuscany and beyond, from private, guided multiday adventures designed to a rider’s specifications to small-group day trips, including the 20-mile Florence-to-Siena ride. Kerri Westenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Best day trip from Florence, Italy: A bike trip to Siena," 11 Oct. 2019 The tech specifications of the Echo Glow confirm that it's not meant to light up an entire room. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Amazon's Echo Glow is a simply delightful Alexa companion," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of specification

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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“Specification.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specification. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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specification

noun
How to pronounce specification (audio)

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

specification

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

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

specification

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

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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