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"


  1. specificnoun

    A distinguishing attribute or quality.

  2. specificnoun

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

  3. specificnoun


  4. specificnoun

    The details; particulars.

  5. specificadjective

    explicit or definite

  6. specificadjective

    of, or relating to a species

  7. specificadjective

    pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species

  8. specificadjective

    special, distinctive or unique

  9. specificadjective

    intended for, or applying to a particular thing

  10. specificadjective

    being a remedy for a particular disease

  11. specificadjective

    limited to a particular antibody or antigen

  12. specificadjective

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

  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)

  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)

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



    The Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC) is an academic and industrial consortium led by Swansea University, with Tata Steel as the main industrial partner. It is funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK and the Welsh Government.The centre is developing the concept 'Buildings as Power Stations' and has been awarded £26 million, comprising £15 million from the EU, with the remaining money coming from EPSRC, Innovate UK, industry partners, and contributions from Swansea and Cardiff universities. SPECIFIC has developed an 'Active Classroom', designed by architect Joanna Clarke and situated at Swansea University Bay Campus, showcasing innovative technologies for creating low carbon buildings which generate more energy than they consume. The Active Classroom won the Construction Excellence in Wales Award for Innovation in 2017.In 2018 the UK government announced £36 million funding for an Active Building Centre in order to accelerate market adoption of active buildings.

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

  2. Specificadjective

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

  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

  4. Specificnoun

    a specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3

  5. Specificadjective

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

  6. 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

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    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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  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. Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel:

    It’s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence, i saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest.

  2. Wes Ramey:

    Although Dollywood does not have the specific ride involved in this tragic incident, the safety of our guests is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, and until further details about the accident at Floridas ICON Park are known, we have temporarily closed Drop Line, our drop tower ride that was developed by the same manufacturer.

  3. Ron Johnson:

    We talked about infrastructure, we talked about that specific problem right now with a law regarding the certification of those masks. We talked about, obviously, payroll tax relief, he wants action.

  4. Chief Executive Bradley Jacobs:

    It's a good time to be a broker if you've got committed freight because your customers are locked in at a specific contractual price.

  5. Doug Heye:

    Newhouse and Valadao, what did they run on? They were running on their district, on specific issues in their district. Valadao is talking about agriculture all day, every day.

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    small cat-like predatory mammals of warmer parts of the Old World
    • A. viverrine
    • B. confrere
    • C. preponderance
    • D. congius

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