specification

specification spe‧ci‧fi‧ca‧tion [ˌspesfˈkeɪʆn] noun [countable usually plural]
1. MANUFACTURING a detailed description of how something should be designed or made:

• the design specifications of the new computer system

• Each machine is built to the highest specifications.

• They delivered parts that did not conform with contract specifications (= were not made in the way the contract stated ) .

• In defense electronics, components must meet rigid specifications set by the Pentagon.

2. to specification( s) MANUFACTURING if something is made, working etc to specification, it is doing so according to the description of how it should be designed:

• My job is to ensure that the plant is performing exactly to specification.

3. an official written description of something, giving details of what it is or what it involves
ˈcustoms specifiˌcation COMMERCE
an official document needed by customs for goods leaving or coming into a country:

• Customs specification requirements include delivery terms, weight, method of transport and, for arrivals, the country of origin.

ˈjob specifiˌcation HUMAN RESOURCES
an official list of the work and responsibilities you have in your job; = JOB DESCRIPTION

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specification UK US /ˌspesɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/ noun
[C, usually plural] also INFORMAL spec) a detailed description of how something should be done, made, etc.: meet/conform to specifications »

The health accounts would have to be used in conjunction with insurance policies that meet specifications set by law.

specifications for sth »

We have set rigid specifications for customer service.

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product/performance/design specifications

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We all need to be working from the same set of specifications.

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Those specs cover everything from default settings for screen resolutions to more standard ways to work with modems.

to specification(s) — Cf. to specifications
[U] the act of giving detailed information about how something should be done: »

Management made no clear specification of the size of the sales territory that each salesperson was to cover.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • specification — Specification. s. f. v. L expression, la determination des choses particulieres en les specifiant. Il fut dit dans le contract qu il le payeroit en denrées sans autre specification …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • specification — ► NOUN 1) the action of specifying. 2) (usu. specifications) a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something. 3) a standard of workmanship, materials, etc. required to be met in a piece of work …   English terms dictionary

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