from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Explicitly set forth; definite. See Synonyms at explicit.
- adj. Relating to, characterizing, or distinguishing a species.
- adj. Special, distinctive, or unique: specific qualities and attributes.
- adj. Intended for, applying to, or acting on a particular thing: a specific remedy for warts.
- adj. Concerned particularly with the subject specified. Often used in combination: "age-specific voting patterns” ( A. Dianne Schmidley).
- adj. Designating a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition.
- adj. Having a remedial influence or effect on a particular disease.
- adj. Immunology Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
- adj. Designating a customs charge levied on merchandise by unit or weight rather than according to value.
- adj. Designating a commodity rate applicable to the transportation of a single commodity between named points.
- n. Something particularly fitted to a use or purpose.
- n. A remedy intended for a particular ailment or disorder.
- n. A distinguishing quality or attribute.
- n. Distinct items or details; particulars.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. explicit or definite
- adj. Pertaining to a species.
- adj. pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species
- adj. special, distinctive or unique
- adj. intended for, or applying to a particular thing
- adj. being a remedy for a particular disease
- adj. limited to a particular antibody or antigen
- adj. of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy)
- adj. 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)
- adj. 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)
- n. A distinguishing attribute or quality.
- n. Something particularly adapted for a particular use, as a remedy for a particular disorder
- n. Specification
- n. The details; particulars.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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
- adj. Specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating.
- adj. Exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaptation, and not on general principles.
- n. A specific remedy. See specific, a., 3.
- n. Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That is specified or defined; distinctly named, formulated, or determined; of a special kind or a definite tenor; determinate; explicit: as, a specific sum of money; a specific offer; specific, obligations or duties; a specific aim or pursuit.
- Pertaining to or accordant with what is specified or determined; relating to or regarding a definite subject; conformable to special occasion or requirement, prescribed terms, or known conditions; having a special use or application.
- Of or pertaining to a species.
- Peculiar; special.
- In law, having a certain or well-defined form or designation; observing a certain form; precise.
- In medicine, related to special infection, particularly syphilitic infection; produced by some distinct zymotic poison.
- Synonyms and
- Particular, etc. See special.
- n. Something adapted or expected to produce a specific effect; that which is, or is supposed to be, capable of infallibly bringing about a desired result; especially, a remedy which cures, or tends to cure, a certain disease, whatever may be its manifestations, as mercury used as a remedy for syphilis.
- n. A definite substance in the serum of an animal that gives rise to a special kind of immunity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. stated explicitly or in detail
- n. a fact about some part (as opposed to general)
- adj. being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides
- n. a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease
- adj. (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique
- adj. relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species
Late Latin specificus : Latin speciēs, kind, species; see species + Latin -ficus, -fic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French specifique, from Late Latin specificus ("specific, particular"), from Latin speciēs ("kind") + faciō ("make"). (Wiktionary)