specification meaning

[ ˌspesifi'keiʃən ] Pronunciation:   "specification" in a sentence
Noun: specification  `spesufi'keyshun
  1. A detailed description of design criteria for a piece of work
    - spec 
  2. Naming explicitly 
  3. (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 use of an invention 
  4. A restriction that is insisted upon as a condition for an agreement
    - stipulation

Derived forms: specifications

See also: specify

Type of: confinement, description, document, naming, papers, restriction, verbal description, written document

Encyclopedia: Specification


A written document describing in detail the scope of work, materials to be used, method of installation, and quality of workmanship for a parcel of work to be placed under contract; usually utilized in conjunction with working (contract) drawings in building construction.



1 (Manufacturing ) [C, usually pl., U]

detailed information about how sth is or should be designed or made:

the technical specifications of the new model

(= of car)

These houses are built to a high specification.

The part will perform exactly to specification (= exactly as it is supposed to).

Each piece of apparatus was designed to meet exact specifications.

design/product/technical specifications

◆ to agree/change/set specifications

◆ to comply with/conform to/meet specifications

2 (Manufacturing ) [C]

the particular set of features that a machine or a vehicle has:

The regulations for cabs cover age, roadworthiness and vehicle specifications.

3 [C,U]

an act of giving detailed information about what sb wants or expects from sth:

There was no clear specification of objectives.

Where can I find a full specification of the job advertised?


1. For an electronic device, a statement of performance over specific parameters. Example: for a high-fidelity stereo amplifier, 50 watts per channel over a frequency range of 10 Hz to 30 kHz, with less than 1 percent total harmonic distortion.
2. A precise listing of requirements or expectations.

n.1. (in patent law) A document that must be lodged with an application for a patent for an invention. It must contain a description of the invention, a claim defining the matter for which the applicant seeks protection, and any drawing referred to in the description or claim.
2. A general document in which a commercial buyer or seller describes goods to be bought or sold. It is sometimes incorporated into the contract by reference.


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  1. this instrument demands stringent specification.
  2. this sketch does not conform with the specifications.
  3. it does not begin to meet the specifications.
  4. he now had an expertly detailed specification.
  5. vapour pressure is an important product specification.

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