Definitions of specific

  1. relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species; " specific characters"
  2. a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease; " quinine is a specific for malaria"
  3. stated explicitly or in detail; " needed a specific amount"
  4. ( 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"
  5. ( medicine and pathology) 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"
  6. 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".
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. A specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3.
  10. Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied.
  11. Of or pertaining to a species, or group, of which the members have common characteristics and are called by a common name; definite or particular; precise; as, specific information; having some particular curing or healing quality; as, a specific medicine; peculiar; as, a specific form of a disease.
  12. A remedy for a particular disease.
  13. Specifically.
  14. A remedy which has a special power in a particular disease: an infallible remedy.
  15. A remedy which has a special use or virtue.
  16. Pertaining to, or designating, a species; peculiar.
  17. Definite; particular; special.
  18. Pertaining to a species.
  19. Specifical.
  20. Constituting or distinguishing a species; that specifies, or particularizes, or tends to do so; efficacious for the cure of a particular disease.
  21. A remedy for a particular disease; an unfailing agency or means. Specific gravity, See Gravity. Specific heat, the quantity required to raise equal weights of different bodies through equal intervals of temperature.
  22. The second name in binomial nomenclature, which see ; characteristics distinguishing a species.

Usage examples for specific

  1. Specific data on the scale and character of population movements were not available. – Area Handbook for Albania by Eugene K. Keefe Sarah Jane Elpern William Giloane James M. Moore, Jr. Stephen Peters Eston T. White
  2. He is actually punished for sleeping under a bush on the specific and stated ground that he cannot afford a bed. – A Short History of England by G. K. Chesterton
  3. Italy had also made her declaration against Germany specific. – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  4. Such values rest, in large degree, on the massing of beliefs and hopes, not concerned with specific satisfactions of wants, but with the existence of future economic values. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  5. In short, there is no such thing as a specific. – The American Reformed Cattle Doctor by George Dadd
  6. I had not needed to be told that the matter in hand would cost money, but Mr. Watling's parting instruction to me had been to take the Colonel's advice as to specific sums, and obtain confirmation from Fowndes. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  7. Mr. Evarts: No, sir, it is not specific. – Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York by A. F. Warburton
  8. Record specific gravity of vinegar. – Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value by Harry Snyder
  9. There were large groups of diseases in which it was almost a specific. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  10. Other scientists talk of hundreds of thousands, and even millions, of years, but we attach no importance to specific figures. – The Eliminator; or, Skeleton Keys to Sacerdotal Secrets by Richard B. Westbrook
  11. Not specific: She held herself aloof from her brothers' games and amusements. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  12. " In her case it was deceit," retorted the miner, who was now so deeply engaged with his own story that each general observation on the part of his guest was taken to be specific and personal. – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  13. Now let us come to the answer of the specific question which I have propounded. – Our Unitarian Gospel by Minot Savage
  14. Coming down to the specific, he despised men as individuals because he had always found in each and everyone of them a weakness that made it easy for him to use them as he pleased. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  15. In the specific subjects, individual differences have been found to be most marked. – Principles of Teaching by Adam S. Bennion