Definitions for specificspɪˈsɪf ɪk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
having a special application, bearing, or reference; explicit or definite.
specified, precise, or particular.
peculiar or proper to somebody or something, as characteristics or effects.
of a special or particular kind.
of or pertaining to a species.
Category: Biology, Taxonomy
(of a disease) produced by a special cause or infection. (of a remedy) having special effect in the prevention or cure of a certain disease.
(of an antibody or antigen) having a particular effect on only one antibody or antigen or affecting it in only one way.
Physics.designating a physical quantity or property measured or considered in terms of a standard unit of mass.
(n.)something specific, as a statement, quality, or detail.
Origin of specific:
1625–35; < ML specificus= L speci(ēs)species+-ficus -fic
a fact about some part (as opposed to general)
"he always reasons from the particular to the general"
a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease
"quinine is a specific for malaria"
(sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique
"rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident"
stated explicitly or in detail
"needed a specific amount"
relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species
being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides
"quinine is highly specific for malaria"; "a specific remedy"; "a specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
being clearly marked or identified; = particular
Are there specific places for everyone to sit?; a specific request for the chef's specialty
using lots of detail
I know the title, but I have no specific information about the class.; You need to be more specific with your answers.
A distinguishing attribute or quality.
Something particularly adapted for a particular use, as a remedy for a particular disorder
The details; particulars.
explicit or definite
of, or relating to a species
pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species
special, distinctive or unique
intended for, or applying to a particular thing
being a remedy for a particular disease
limited to a particular antibody or antigen
of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy)
similarly referring to a value divided by any measure which acts to standardize it (e.g. thrust specific fuel consumption, referring to fuel consumption divided by thrust)
a measure compared with a standard reference value by division, to produce a ratio without unit or dimension (e.g. specific refractive index is a pure number, and is relative to that of air)
Origin: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.
of or pertaining to a species; characterizing or constituting a species; possessing the peculiar property or properties of a thing which constitute its species, and distinguish it from other things; as, the specific form of an animal or a plant; the specific qualities of a drug; the specific distinction between virtue and vice
specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement
exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaption, and not on general principles; as, quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria
a specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3
anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied
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Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #871
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Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1249
Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Adjectives Frequency: #100
Translations for specific
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
giving all the details clearly
- مُحَدَّد، مُفَصَّلArabic
- específicoPortuguese (BR)
- συγκεκριμένος, ρητόςGreek
- מְפוֹרָש, מוּגדָרHebrew
- सुनिश्चित, आपेक्षितHindi
- detaljan, određenCroatian
- közelebbről meghatározottHungarian
- specifico, precisoItalian
- tikslus, išsamusLithuanian
- specifisks; konkrēts; precīzsLatvian
- yang khususMalay
- konkret, spesifikkNorwegian
- presný, výslovnýSlovak
- uttrycklig, noggrannSwedish
- 具體的Chinese (Trad.)
- певний, конкретнийUkrainian
- واضح، صریحUrdu
- rõ ràng , cụ thểVietnamese
- 具体的Chinese (Simp.)
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