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

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Judge Becky Doherty set Cooper’s bond on Monday at $20,000 with a specification to not have contact with any of the victims. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Ohio parole officer accused of raping women assigned to him," 24 July 2019 Last year, a free made-to-measure option was added for shearling, enabling customers to tailor orders to their personal specifications, and in turn, reducing waste. Fortune, "Canadian Brand Therma Kōta Is on a Mission to Make Outerwear Cool," 25 Aug. 2019 The ability to modify category data is actually not a flaw in the 5G specification itself, but an implementation issue perpetuated by carriers. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance," 3 Aug. 2019 Sony also says that specification makes its hub the fastest on the market, with transfer speeds of up to 1000 MB/s, at least for the USB-C port. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Sony’s new USB-C hub promises the fastest data transfer and charging yet," 12 July 2019 The crane, a Peiner SK 415-20, should be able to withstand wind up to 95 mph, according to manufacturer’s specifications on Bigge’s website. Dana Branham Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "Crane company blames high winds for fatal Dallas collapse, says operator followed procedure," 20 June 2019 No one under 4 feet tall is allowed to ride, by manufacturer’s specifications. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "5 things to know about Six Flags' new Hangover thrill ride," 25 May 2018 Within hours, according to a Boeing official familiar with the events, Muilenburg was on the phone, explaining Air Force One’s specifications. Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg.com, "Boeing Is Killing It by Squeezing Its Suppliers," 14 Feb. 2018 The committee scheduled a meeting with vendors this month to discuss bid specifications. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Proposed dog park moves forward as River Grove Park reopens in Kingwood," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of specification

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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