What does specific mean?

Definitions for specific
spɪˈsɪf ɪkspe·cif·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. particular, specificnoun

    a fact about some part (as opposed to general)

    "he always reasons from the particular to the general"

  2. specificadjective

    a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease

    "quinine is a specific for malaria"

  3. specificadjective

    (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. specificadjective

    stated explicitly or in detail

    "needed a specific amount"

  5. specificadjective

    relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species

    "specific characters"

  6. specificadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. specificnoun

    A distinguishing attribute or quality.

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  2. specificnoun

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

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  3. specificnoun

    Specification

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  4. specificnoun

    The details; particulars.

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  5. specificadjective

    explicit or definite

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  6. specificadjective

    of, or relating to a species

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  7. specificadjective

    pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  8. specificadjective

    special, distinctive or unique

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  9. specificadjective

    intended for, or applying to a particular thing

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  10. specificadjective

    being a remedy for a particular disease

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  11. specificadjective

    limited to a particular antibody or antigen

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  12. specificadjective

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

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  13. specificadjective

    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)

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

  14. specificadjective

    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)

    Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Specificadjective

    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

    Etymology: [F. spcifique, or NL. spesificus; L. species a particular sort or kind + facere to make. Cf. specify.]

  2. Specificadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. spcifique, or NL. spesificus; L. species a particular sort or kind + facere to make. Cf. specify.]

  3. Specificadjective

    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

    Etymology: [F. spcifique, or NL. spesificus; L. species a particular sort or kind + facere to make. Cf. specify.]

  4. Specificnoun

    a specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3

    Etymology: [F. spcifique, or NL. spesificus; L. species a particular sort or kind + facere to make. Cf. specify.]

  5. Specificadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. spcifique, or NL. spesificus; L. species a particular sort or kind + facere to make. Cf. specify.]

Editors Contribution

  1. specific

    Accurate and perfect details, data or words.

    They had to have the specific budget for the invitation to quotation.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

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  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of specific in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of specific in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of specific in a Sentence

  1. United Network for Organ Sharing:

    We are acutely aware that this can feel otherwise when a patient or a loved one is on the waitlist and their program's request for a specific score is declined, our goal is to make the system equitable and save as many lives as possible by getting the right organ to the right person at the right time. We strive every day to reduce the number of the people who die waiting for an organ despite the fact that the need for them far exceeds the available supply.

  2. Erin Hanlon:

    We know that you can infuse endocannabinoids into specific regions of animals' brains and make them eat, they will eat specific things, more palatable things. They will choose sucrose over saccharin, despite the fact that in theory both taste the same, but the sucrose has more carbs.

  3. Ryan Mauro:

    These acts stem from Islamic interpretations that are more broadly held than just within ISIS and these interpretations need to be addressed, more modern Muslims say [the hadith cited by ISIS] was an instruction for a specific time and purpose and is not applicable to today, but ISIS is acting upon a widely-taught interpretation.

  4. Preet Bharara:

    Part of the reason I said I was not going to resign and be fired was because I want the record to reflect for all time that there was a deliberate decision, not just a bureaucratic sweeping away of what had been there in the past, but a specific decision to change one’s mind and deliberately fire me, particularly given what my office’s jurisdiction is and where my office is situated.

  5. Louise Dudley:

    In terms of physical risk up, until now we've looked at the type of companies that are the most exposed. But now with more data we're able to get more specific, more accurate insights and therefore more useful outputs.

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