plural noun
\ ˈspeks How to pronounce specs (audio) \

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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Dell bumped up the hardware specs, revamped the thermal system, and introduced a new rose and white version, for instance. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "The 2018 XPS 13 Developer’s Edition—Have it your way on a “just works” Linux laptop," 12 Dec. 2018 The story with specs gets a little complicated because the story with Intel processors is a little complicated. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Apple MacBook Air (2018) review: the present of computing," 6 Nov. 2018 Rounded specs and handfuls of silver jewelry finished off the outfit with a further whimsical touch. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Ezra Miller Makes a Splash at the Dior Men’s Show With a Rihanna-Worthy Accessory," 30 Nov. 2018 On the Edge of Your Seat Here are some of the key specs airlines must consider: Sources: Rockwell Collins; Zodiac Aerospace Most U.S. airlines go with an average length on the seat bottom, about 18 inches. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Most Important Factors for a Comfortable Flight," 18 July 2018 Drone makers will be able to design around the pod's specs, opening the door to innovations from smaller companies. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Rise of Disposable Drones," 30 May 2017 Those are eye-opening specs from a car that still insists on calling itself a luxury sedan. John Scott Lewinski, Ars Technica, "A 5-liter V8 in a world of small-capacity turbos: The 2018 Lexus GS F," 8 Apr. 2018 Mowg’s pounding, atmospheric score stands out among impeccable tech specs across the board. Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion' ('Manyeo'): Film Review," 27 June 2018 This deal is for last year's set, but a quick glance at the specs shows that the newer NU7100 set only offers modest upgrades. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Newegg is selling a 43-inch Samsung 4K HDR TV for less than $350 today," 26 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of specs

informal : glasses or spectacles


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