Main definitions of spec in English

: spec1spec2

spec1

noun

in phrase on spec
informal
  • In the hope of success but without any specific plan or instructions.

    ‘he built the factory on spec and hoped someone would buy it’
    • ‘Byrnes designed this 5,400-square-foot house on spec using his family as theoretical homeowners.’
    • ‘By developing a product on spec for military use, device companies can pave the way toward later success in the private sector.’
    • ‘The article was being written on spec with no guarantee of publication.’
    • ‘Bedfont Lakes Hotel was developed on spec near London's Heathrow Airport but designed specifically for its unique site.’
    • ‘I wrote my first book on spec, sent it off to nearly 100 publishers and in six weeks I had my first offer.’

Origin

Late 18th century: abbreviation of speculation.

Pronunciation

spec

/spɛk/

Main definitions of spec in English

: spec1spec2

spec2

(US specs)

noun

  • ‘a camera with a very basic spec’
    short for specification (sense 2 of the noun)
    • ‘The original spec for the Pentium 4 sure as heck made it a Xeon class processor.’
    • ‘I'd have to see your shuttle first, and depending on the specs, I might be able to help you.’
    • ‘I think seeing specs and then the actual dimensions in the flesh are quite separate things.’
    • ‘In December, the specs will be submitted to the ISO.’
    • ‘Those servers were state-of-the-art for uptime specs.’
    • ‘The specs on the computer had to be top of the line’
    • ‘The difference between original and amended specs seems negligible.’
    • ‘Time to talk technical specs says Nathan Rippin.’
    • ‘the technology is consistent across all three sets of specs.’
    • ‘Keep the costs down, agree a detailed spec with your designer up-front.’
    • ‘Consumers seems to be less interested in low prices as more features and higher system specs.’
    • ‘Although it's possible to get a house built from basic drawings, a set of detailed specs is an insurance policy against confusion and even contractor fraud.’

verb

[with object]
  • Give (something) a particular specification; construct to a specified standard.

    ‘the range allows buyers to spec their truck to their needs’
    • ‘Someone's already speccing the code and writing the business plan.’
    • ‘When is the last time you spec'd a whitebox without even looking at vendor quotes?’
    • ‘Each machine is currently specced to 64MB of memory.’
    • ‘Its machines are usually specced better than the average for the price.’

Origin

1950s: abbreviation of specification.

Pronunciation

spec

/spɛk/