Definition of specification in English:


Syllabification: spec·i·fi·ca·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌspesəfiˈkāSHən


  • 1An act of describing or identifying something precisely or of stating a precise requirement: give a full specification of the job advertised there was no clear specification of objectives
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    • It sought coherence through the specification of clear objectives.
    • The Charter was the first attempt to give the public a clear specification of what it could expect.
    • There is no formal requirement for them to agree with the other Community institutions on the specification of price stability.
    statement, identification, definition, description, setting out, framing, designation, detailing, enumeration; stipulation, prescription
  • 1.1 (usually specifications) A detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
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    • She shuffles between appointments and fittings with designers and vendors to determine fabrics and detail garment specifications for new designs.
    • A plan, which includes material costs, specifications and design entails, will be prepared.
    • Ask your dealer to give you detailed material specifications on the products they are proposing.
    instructions, guidelines, parameters, stipulations, requirements, conditions, provisions, restrictions, order; description, details
    informal specs
  • 1.2A standard of workmanship, materials, etc., required to be met in a piece of work: everything was built to a higher specification
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    • None of these systems were able to meet the scale and specifications required by federal policy.
    • Check the product label to make sure the material meets specifications of the federal government.
    • This model didn't meet specifications.
  • 1.3A description of an invention accompanying an application for a patent.
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    • The inventions disclosed in difference specifications can be different in kind.
    • I was addressed by both parties on the principles of law to be adopted in construing patent specifications.
    • Although the specification describes an invention of a working combination, it is not the invention claimed.


late 16th century: from medieval Latin specificatio(n-), from late Latin specificare (see specify).

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