from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An individual, item, or part representative of a class, genus, or whole. See Synonyms at example.
- n. A sample, as of tissue, blood, or urine, used for analysis and diagnosis.
- n. Informal An individual; a person: a disagreeable specimen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An individual instance that represents a class; an example.
- n. A sample, especially one used for diagnostic analysis.
- n. An eligible man.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A part, or small portion, of anything, or one of a number of things, intended to exhibit the kind and quality of the whole, or of what is not exhibited; a sample.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A part or an individual taken as exemplifying a whole mass or number: something that represents or illustrates all of its kind; an illustrative example: as, a collection of geological specimens; a wild specimen of the human or of the feline race; a specimen page of a book (a page shown as a specimen of what the whole is or is to be); a specimen copy of a medal.
- n. In zoology and botany, an individual animal or plant, or some part of one, prepared and preserved for scientific examination; an example of a species or other group; a preparation: as, a specimen of natural history; a specimen of the dog or the rose. Abbreviated sp. and spec.
- n. A typical individual; one serving as a specially striking or exaggerated example of the kind indicated.
- n. Synonyms Specimen, Sample. A specimen is a part of a larger whole employed to exhibit the nature or kind of that of which it forms a part, without reference to the relative quality of individual portions; thus, a cabinet of mineralogical specimens exhibits the nature of the rocks from which they are broken. A sample is a part taken out of a quantity, and implies that the quality of the whole is to be judged by it, and not rarely that it is to be used as a standard for testing the goodness, genuineness, or purity of the whole, and the like. In many cases, however, the words are used indifferently. Sample is more often used in trade: as, a sample of cotton or coffee.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bit of tissue or blood or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes
- n. an example regarded as typical of its class
All in all, this specimen is a strong contender for the second finest of the eight [now nine] known examples, despite the minor corrosion.
Given that some are invasive, only a specialist would be able to determine whether a specimen is a known endemic, an introduced species, or an undescribed species.
Discovered in mid-May 2007, the specimen is awaiting formal description once additional data is collected.
One day, when this specimen is about to take a metal belt to him again, he discovers himself in his favorite spot in the local library.
One of several unsolved mysteries about the specimen is the identity of a bizarre, oddly shaped chunk of bone found encased in the same nodule (Dave Martill is holding it in the adjacent image).
While the specimen is about 1 m long, it only represents that part of the skull rostral to the antorbital fenestra.
As the example with the least amount of artificial wear, the Adams-Carter specimen is by far the most desirable of the three Class III dollars available to collectors today.
· 1856-D PCGS MS61, Choice Brilliant Uncirculated-Fully frosty, choice brilliant uncirculated specimen from a small hoard that was discovered in the last quarter century.
"Baptised Palaeopropithecus kelyus, this new specimen is smaller than the two species of these 'large sloth lemurs' already known and its diet made up of harder-textured foodstuffs."
I photographed this specimen from a walkway in Everglades National Park.