What does specific mean?

Definitions for specific
spɪˈsɪf ɪkspe·cif·ic

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. specific(Noun)

    A distinguishing attribute or quality.

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

  2. specific(Noun)

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

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

  3. specific(Noun)

    Specification

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

  4. specific(Noun)

    The details; particulars.

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

  5. specific(Adjective)

    explicit or definite

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

  6. specific(Adjective)

    of, or relating to a species

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

  7. specific(Adjective)

    pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species

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

  8. specific(Adjective)

    special, distinctive or unique

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

  9. specific(Adjective)

    intended for, or applying to a particular thing

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

  10. specific(Adjective)

    being a remedy for a particular disease

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

  11. specific(Adjective)

    limited to a particular antibody or antigen

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

  12. specific(Adjective)

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

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

  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)

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

  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)

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Specific(adj)

    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. 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

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

  4. Specific(noun)

    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. Specific(adj)

    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  

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

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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. Rebecca Nelson:

    Those African people who were on that ship were specifically sold in a trading transaction that we now recognize as something that became common during the transatlantic slave trade, there were African people in America before that date but not having been sold in the same specific way.

  2. Fernando Machado:

    Sometimes someone has a poor connection, or maybe one specific restaurant out of 14,000 may not have been geolocated properly or somebody tried to redeem the coupon during breakfast.

  3. Nicholas Bequelin:

    Not only is the government presiding over the most sustained crackdown on legal activists witnessed in two decades, it has also launched media propaganda campaigns against specific targets.

  4. Peter Carr:

    BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate.

  5. John Griffin:

    Manipulation could very well be behind the recent market moves. To act like bitcoin and crypto currency prices are purely driven by supply and demand of little traders... ignores the specific mechanics of this marketplace, it would not be a stretch nor surprising to find that manipulative activity is behind the recent runup when the underlying market mechanics are similar to before.

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