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 Also, Japanese companies have employed an alternative fast-charging specification, called CHADEMO. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "What to know before you buy an electric vehicle," 8 Jan. 2021 In Oracle's view, an API specification—essentially just a list of function names and argument types—is computer code that can be copyrighted just as any other code can. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google’s Supreme Court faceoff with Oracle was a disaster for Google," 8 Oct. 2020 The tires may have been cured for a time beyond the specification limits. USA TODAY, "Car recalls for December 3-10," 11 Dec. 2020 The tires may have been cured for a time beyond the specification limits. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for Dec. 3-10: More than 400K vehicles from Kia, Hyundai recalled," 11 Dec. 2020 After that, the specification of all these components are frozen until the end of 2025. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Red Bull could quit F1 if new engine rules don’t happen," 16 Oct. 2020 The Dolphins' game on Sunday will feature two quarterbacks who don’t fit the height specification for the NFL QB prototype, and the questioner wanted to know if the league’s perspective had changed in evaluating signal-callers in the draft. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Dolphins coach says Tua Tagovailoa is developing, not auditioning," 5 Nov. 2020 The best toys will be reserved for the various option packages, but the standard specification will include the OLED dashboard interface, Burmeister audio, and the full suite of driver-assistance systems. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Advances the High-Tech Luxury Sedan," 28 Oct. 2020 The new specification won’t become legally binding until the California attorney general blesses it. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work," 7 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specification. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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specification

noun

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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