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Definition of specs

chiefly British, informal
: glasses, spectacles Every day, I'm asked to support a charitable cause—to … donate a pair of specs or a frock.— Janet Street-Porter … put on her specs to read a few remarks off a card.— Garrison Keillor

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Examples of specs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Microsoft and Sony are releasing shiny new boxes with tempting specs, aimed at maximizing that immersive couch experience. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "It’s Time to Try PC Gaming From Your Couch," 10 Nov. 2020 Simply put, the iPhone 12 Mini is a tiny phone, but with flagship specs throughout. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The iPhone 12 Mini is what all small phones should be: tiny and mighty," 9 Nov. 2020 And in 1979, the Army came up with specs for something bigger—much bigger—than Willys Overland’s original machine. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "The Hummer's 40-Year Journey From Military Hero to Electrified Future Truck," 25 Oct. 2020 For the first time since Apple split its lineup between high-end and less-high-end phones, the lower-end option features an OLED screen with only subtly poorer specs than those found in the most expensive phones. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Today is iPhone 12 and iPad Air launch day, but don’t expect speedy shipping," 23 Oct. 2020 An alternative is Playstation’s PSVR, but with outdated specs and a new PlayStation due in November, the PSVR will soon be obsolete. Signe Brewster, New York Times, "It’s Time to Try Virtual Reality. Here’s Where to Start.," 20 Oct. 2020 The modules have front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive variants with a variety of motors ranging from 95 kW up to 340 kW, with additional specs available based on customer demand. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "iPhone Builder Foxconn Is Making an EV Platform with a Solid-State Battery," 16 Oct. 2020 For $189, there is the ASUS CX22NA Chromebook, which is also an 11.6-inch laptop with similar specs and battery life (up to 10 hours, like the Lenovo). Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Need an extra PC for working or schooling from home? Here are some solutions," 20 Sep. 2020 While the jeep depended solely on its agility for survival, the Humvee specs call for ballistic protection from 16-grain fragments traveling at 1,400 ft. sec.—enough to stop some small arms fire and shrapnel. Murray Rubenstein, Popular Mechanics, "The Jeep Is Dead, Long Live the HMMWV," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of specs

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for specs

contraction of spectacles

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The first known use of specs was in 1807

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20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Specs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specs. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of specs

informal : glasses or spectacles


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