specification
specification spec`i*fi*ca"tion (sp[e^]s`[i^]*f[i^]*k[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [Cf. F. sp['e]cification, LL. specificatio.] 1. The act of specifying or determining by a mark or limit; notation of limits. [1913 Webster]

This specification or limitation of the question hinders the disputers from wandering away from the precise point of inquiry. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

2. The designation of particulars; particular mention; as, the specification of a charge against an officer. [1913 Webster]

3. A written statement containing a minute description or enumeration of particulars, as of charges against a public officer, the terms of a contract, the description of an invention, as in a patent; also, a single article, item, or particular, an allegation of a specific act, as in a charge of official misconduct. [1913 Webster]

4. A detailed listing or description of the required properties of some object proposed to be built or bought; -- usually used in the plural; as, the building specifications require that it withstand an earthquake of magnitude 8; the program specifications require an option to change the menus. [PJC]


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