Definitions for specificspɪˈsɪf ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spe•cif•icspɪˈsɪf ɪk(adj.)

  1. having a special application, bearing, or reference; explicit or definite.

  2. specified, precise, or particular.

  3. peculiar or proper to somebody or something, as characteristics or effects.

  4. of a special or particular kind.

  5. of or pertaining to a species.

    Category: Biology, Taxonomy

  6. (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.

    Category: Medicine

  7. (of an antibody or antigen) having a particular effect on only one antibody or antigen or affecting it in only one way.

    Category: Immunology

  8. Physics.designating a physical quantity or property measured or considered in terms of a standard unit of mass.

    Category: Physics

  9. (n.)something specific, as a statement, quality, or detail.

Origin of specific:

1625–35; < ML specificus= L speci(ēs)species+-ficus -fic

spe•cif′i•cal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. particular, specific(noun)

    a fact about some part (as opposed to general)

    "he always reasons from the particular to the general"

  2. specific(adj)

    a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease

    "quinine is a specific for malaria"

  3. specific(adj)

    (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"

  4. specific(adj)

    stated explicitly or in detail

    "needed a specific amount"

  5. specific(adj)

    relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species

    "specific characters"

  6. specific(adj)

    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

  1. specific(adjective)ɪˈsɪf ɪk

    being clearly marked or identified; = particular

    Are there specific places for everyone to sit?; a specific request for the chef's specialty

  2. specificɪˈsɪf ɪk

    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.

Wiktionary

  1. specific(Noun)

    A distinguishing attribute or quality.

  2. specific(Noun)

    Something particularly adapted for a particular use, as a remedy for a particular disorder

  3. specific(Noun)

    Specification

  4. specific(Noun)

    The details; particulars.

  5. specific(Adjective)

    explicit or definite

  6. specific(Adjective)

    of, or relating to a species

  7. specific(Adjective)

    pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species

  8. specific(Adjective)

    special, distinctive or unique

  9. specific(Adjective)

    intended for, or applying to a particular thing

  10. specific(Adjective)

    being a remedy for a particular disease

  11. specific(Adjective)

    limited to a particular antibody or antigen

  12. specific(Adjective)

    of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy)

  13. specific(Adjective)

    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)

  14. specific(Adjective)

    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)

  15. Origin: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Specific(adj)

    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

  2. Specific(adj)

    specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement

  3. Specific(adj)

    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

  4. Specific(noun)

    a specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3

  5. Specific(adj)

    anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #871

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1249

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Adjectives Frequency: #100


Translations for specific

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

specific(adjective)

giving all the details clearly

specific instructions.

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