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.

  2. specificnoun

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

  3. specificnoun

    Specification

  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.

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

  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. The FBI alert:

    They research employees who manage money and use language specific to the company they are targeting, then they request a wire fraud transfer using dollar amounts that lend legitimacy.

  2. Former Vice President Joe Biden:

    I laid out what I thought he should be doing. I laid out four or five specific points that I thought were necessary. I indicated that it is about taking responsibility, and being the commander-in-chief, taking on the responsibility. He asked whether or not we would not discuss the detail of what we talked about, just saying that we had a good conversation.

  3. Riki Ellison:

    This system is now in place to protect southern Europe from any specific threat from Iran should they decide to continue to break the treaty.

  4. The US:

    I'm not going to talk about specific capabilities ISIS may have lost in this strike. They lost a planner, and they lost a facilitator. And they have one wounded. The fact two of these individuals are no longer walking on the face of the Earth, that's a good thing, it is a good thing for the people of Afghanistan, it's a good thing for our troops and our forces at that airfield.

  5. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki:

    For issues related to Department personnel and for privacy reasons, we are not able to confirm the identity of the individual or specific charges, his security clearance will be suspended, and he will be put on administrative leave while this proceeds to its end through any judicial process.

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