Definitions of specification

  1. a detailed description of design criteria for a piece of work
  2. naming explicitly
  3. a restriction that is insisted upon as a condition for an agreement
  4. ( patent law) a document drawn up by the applicant for a patent of invention that provides an explicit and detailed description of the nature and usse of an invention
  5. The act of specifying or determining by a mark or limit; notation of limits.
  6. The designation of particulars; particular mention; as, the specification of a charge against an officer.
  7. A written statement containing a minute description or enumeration of particulars, as of charges against a public officer, the terms of a contract, the description of an invention, as in a patent; also, a single article, item, or particular, an allegation of a specific act, as in a charge of official misconduct.
  8. In patent law, the narrative portion of a patent application, which includes descriptions of the purpose, structure and operation of the invention, as well as a discussion of any relevant prior art. Essentially, the specification must provide enough information about the invention so that a person proficient in the area of expertise involved in the invention could build and operate it without having to be overly creative.
  9. A definite and full statement of particulars; as, the specification of a charge against an officer; one detail in such a statement.
  10. Act of specifying: a statement of particulars.
  11. Act of specifying; statement of particulars.
  12. The act of specifying.
  13. A statement of particulars; a particular specified.
  14. The act of specifying; designation or statement of particulars; particular mention; an article or thing specified.
  15. A designation or statement of particulars; particular mention; a written enumeration of the particulars of a contract, & c.

Usage examples for specification

  1. Lord bless you- first I had to lay the specification before the Court of Chancery, and write a petition to the Queen, and pay, and, what is worse, wait. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  2. For all such work a thumb index is generally required; each page takes one or more letters, or a specification is given, according to which the binder counts off the number of pages required for each letter- X and Y being here excluded. – Practical Bookbinding by Paul Adam
  3. Fine combinations and contrasts of colours are too much the rule in this order to need specification and these are often shaded and blended with a downy softness, as in the Sphinges and Moths. – The Romance of Natural History, Second Series by Philip Henry Gosse
  4. But Mr. Henry James sees in du Maurier's ugly people a real specification of type, where we confess that we have felt that his " ferocity" missed the point of resemblance to type through clumsy exaggeration. – George Du Maurier, the Satirist of the Victorians by T. Martin Wood
  5. There is a specification of them. – A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II. by Bulstrode Whitelocke
  6. With regard to its proportions and dimensions as compared with Michelangelo's specification there remain some difficulties, with which I cannot see that Professor Middleton has grappled. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  7. I've put quite a lot of work in on that road- bed the last few weeks, but the trouble is I won't get a dollar unless I stay with it and keep up to specification until next pay- day." – A Prairie Courtship by Harold Bindloss
  8. There had been no indictment, no specification of crime. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  9. In all of these Watt recommended that a fly- wheel be used to regulate the motion, but in the specification for the patent of the following year, 1782, his double- acting engine produced a more regular motion and rendered a fly- wheel unnecessary, " so that," he says, " in most of our great manufactories these engines now supply the place of water, wind and horse mills, and instead of carrying the work to the power, the prime agent is placed wherever it is most convenient to the manufacturer." – James Watt by Andrew Carnegie
  10. Let the guide- book's specification stand, therefore, in all its surveyor- like exactness. – Birds in the Bush by Bradford Torrey
  11. Your specification is excellent. – Memoirs of James Robert Hope-Scott, Volume 2 by Robert Ornsby
  12. The authorities cited by M. Otto in support of his assertion are generally fallacious, and for the most part given without particular specification – The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II) by Washington Irving
  13. Assert your humanity against every restrictive specification make yourself, by means of it, a human being, and free from those limits; make yourself a " free man," i. – The Ego and His Own by Max Stirner
  14. This specification of the powers and duties of the Regents was repeated with some modifications in the Act of April 8, 1851, which followed the revision of the Constitution of 1850. The Constitution itself merely stated that the Regents " shall have the general supervision of the University and the direction and control of all expenditures from the University interest fund." – The University of Michigan by Wilfred Shaw
  15. The principle of it is the specification of the position of a point in a plane by two numbers, indicating say its distance from two lines of reference in the plane; like the latitude and longitude of a place on the globe. – Pioneers of Science by Oliver Lodge
  16. With this single phrase one might as well dismiss any attempt at specification – History of the United Netherlands, 1598 by John Lothrop Motley
  17. When he stood on the Embankment and strove to get a glimpse of the river, he came to the conclusion that " the hub of the Universe" was not up to specification – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  18. Pewtner's Comprehensive Specifier; a Guide to the Practical Specification of every kind of Building- Artificer's Work. – Roumania Past and Present by James Samuelson
  19. The first effort to impeach the President, in 1867, was based upon a general accusation of high crimes and misdemeanors without literal specification – History-of-the-Impeachment-of-Andrew-Johnson-President-of-the-United-States-by-the-House-of-Representatives-and-his-trial-by-the-Senate-for-high-crimes-and-misdemeanors-in-office-1868 by Ross, Edmund G. (Edmund Gibson)