from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Surpassing what is common or usual; exceptional: a special occasion; a special treat.
- adj. Distinct among others of a kind: a special type of paint; a special medication for arthritis.
- adj. Primary: His special satisfaction comes from volunteer work.
- adj. Peculiar to a specific person or thing; particular: my own special chair; the special features of a computer.
- adj. Having a limited or specific function, application, or scope: a special role in the mission.
- adj. Arranged for a particular occasion or purpose: a special visit from her daughter.
- adj. Regarded with particular affection and admiration: a special friend.
- adj. Additional; extra: a special holiday flight.
- n. Something arranged, issued, or appropriated to a particular service or occasion: rode to work on the commuter special.
- n. A featured attraction, such as a reduced price: a special on salmon.
- n. A single television production that features a specific work, a given topic, or a particular performer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Distinguished by a unique or unusual quality.
- adj. Of particular interest or value; certain; dear; beloved; favored.
- adj. (derogatory) Retarded; mentally handicapped
- adj. Constituting or relating to a species.
- n. A reduction in consumer cost (usually for a limited time) for items or services rendered.
- n. Unusual or exceptional episode of a series
- n. A special constable.
- n. Anything that is not according to normal practice, plan, or schedule, as an unscheduled run of transportation that is normally scheduled.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or sort.
- adj. Particular; peculiar; different from others; extraordinary; uncommon.
- adj. Appropriate; designed for a particular purpose, occasion, or person.
- adj. Limited in range; confined to a definite field of action, investigation, or discussion.
- adj. Chief in excellence.
- n. A particular.
- n. One appointed for a special service or occasion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a species or sort; of a particular kind or character; distinct from other kinds; specifically characteristic.
- Of or pertaining to one or more of a kind; peculiar to an individual or a set; not general; particular; individual.
- Peculiar or distinct of the kind; of exceptional character, amount, degree, or the like; especially distinguished; express; particular.
- Specifically, limited as to function, operation, or purpose; designed for specific application or service; acting for a limited time or in a restricted manner; not general of the kind named: as, special legislation; special pleading; a special agent, constable, or correspondent; special employment; a special dictionary.
- Synonyms Special, Especial, Particular, Peculiar, Specific. Special is more common than especial, which has the same meaning; but especially is for rhythmical reasons (because it occurs most frequently at the beginning of a dependent clause, where usually an unaccented particle occurs, and where, therefore, a word with an accent on the first syllable is instinctively avoided) much more common than specially. The special comes under the general, as the particular comes under the special. A special favor is one that is more than ordinary; a particular favor is still more remarkable; a peculiar favor comes very closely home. When we speak of any particular thing, we distiuguish it from all others; when we speak of a specific fault in one's character, we name it with exactness; a special law is one that is made for a particular purpose or a peculiar case; a specific law is either one that we name exactly or one that names offenses, etc., exactly.
- n. A special or particular person or thing.
- n. (b ) A private companion; a paramour or concubine.
- n. A person or thing appointed or set apart for a special purpose or occasion, as a constable, a railway-train, an examination, a dispatch, etc.: as, they traveled by special to Chicago; the specials were called out to quell the riot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose
- adj. for a special service or occasion
- n. a television production that features a particular person or work or topic
- adj. first and most important
- adj. unique or specific to a person or thing or category
- adj. having a specific function or scope
- n. a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising
- adj. added to a regular schedule
- adj. surpassing what is common or usual or expected
- n. a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
By the term special a special mechanical version, special light source or special optical equipment of a lighting fitting is understood.
In suggesting or moving that the committee be a special one, the word special is not generally used, the motion being made to refer the question to a committee of five, or any other number, which makes it a special committee; that is, not a standing committee.
The term special markets is used interchangeably with Negro market to describe the Pepsi-Cola campaign, even though the sales team was in the process of redefining its meaning.
Now anytime you hear the term "special purpose vehicle," or "special investment vehicle," or anything that is "special" in the finance world, plug your ears and run the other way.
John Major might think the term "special relationship" outdated, but the UK Border officials could certainly learn a few things from their American counterparts.
Of course the "special" effects (and I use the term special loosely) were lacking, with such a small budget.
The phrase "special relationship" has become a cliche.
This and I will continue to use the term special rights agenda should not be taken out of the broader social and historical context.
The term special interest is used quite a bit when talking about campaign finance reform.
The term special nature reserve would be used for extremely special cases, of the most highly sensitive ecosystems.