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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According to the specifications, the EcoSport holds a marginal lead over the Kona for cargo capacity, with 20.9 cubic feet and 19.2 cubic feet, respectively. Mark Takahashi, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares subcompact crossover SUVs Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 29 June 2018 The reconstruction is necessary to bring the stadium up to minimum specifications to host the 2021 World Outdoor Championships, as scheduled. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "The NCAA awards the 2019 and 2020 Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to Texas," 19 Apr. 2018 India was revising the specifications to allow manufacturers such as Boeing Co. and United Aircraft Corp. to pitch their twin-engine combat aircraft in the deal, people familiar with the matter said in February. Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg.com, "India Seeks $15 Billion Fighter Jets in World's Largest Deal," 6 Apr. 2018 To implement its new specification, the company had to prove to state officials that trimming more trees more aggressively would increase the system's reliability and reduce future costs to users of electricity. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "History of power outages riles metro Detroiters, DTE promises fixes," 28 June 2018 This form of cire perdue allowed him to create many of his elaborated molds of spiraling 18-carat gold (mixed to his own specifications to a warm, but not over-warm, tone) in one movement, before putting them in cold water to set. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "This Cult Danish Jeweler’s Work Will Be Reissued at Dover Street Market," 1 June 2018 To create a vehicle with these specifications would require a lot of time, resources, and money. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "We Already Know How To Build a Time Machine," 28 May 2018 They are cooked to order, with specifications as added cheese and onions. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Hamburger-making robot Flippy is back serving 300 burgers a day at Calif. chain," 28 May 2018 In response to the study, Manfred announced a monitoring of temperature and humidity conditions where baseballs are stored at all 30 ballparks, more aerodynamic testing on baseballs and a review of their production specification. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "'Juiced' balls hot topic again after MLB HR study," 24 May 2018

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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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