What is specific?

  • (noun): A fact about some part (as opposed to general).
    Synonyms: particular
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on specific:

... One specific item of criticism is called "a criticism" or a "critique" ... which are used generally by almost everybody at one time or another (for more specific types or areas of criticism, see the list at the bottom of this page, the (incomplete) category list for "criticism ... a person or an animal at a group, authority or organization at a specific behaviour or at an object of some kind (an idea, a relationship, a condition, a ...
Kobon Language - Grammar
... These verbs are combined with nouns into phrases with specific meanings, much as one says "have dinner" rather than "dine" in English ... However, some Kobon verbs are quite specific ... There is one exception for sound, for example there's a specific verb for calling a pig ...
Félix González-Torres - Exhibitions - Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Specific Objects Without Specific Form
... Specific Objects without Specific Form”, was shown at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, and the MMK in Frankfurt ...
Well Test - Specific Capacity
... Specific capacity is a quantity that which a water well can produce per unit of drawdown ... Specific capacity is expressed as where is the specific capacity ( m²/day or USgal/day/ft) is the pumping rate ( m³/day or USgal/day), and is the drawdown ... Due to non-linear well losses the specific capacity will decrease with higher pumping rates ...
Biological Database - Species-specific Databases
... Species-specific databases are available for some species, mainly those that are often used in research ... Other popular species specific databases include, FlyBase for Drosophila, and WormBase for the nematodes Caenorhabditis elegans and Caenorhabditis briggsae ...

More definitions of "specific":

  • (adj): Being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides.
    Example: "Quinine is highly specific for malaria"; "a specific remedy"; "a specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements"
  • (adj): Relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species.
    Example: "Specific characters"
  • (noun): A medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease.
    Example: "Quinine is a specific for malaria"
  • (adj): Stated explicitly or in detail.
    Example: "Needed a specific amount"
  • (adj): (sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique.
    Example: "Rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident"

Famous quotes containing the word specific:

    Most parents aren’t even aware of how often they compare their children. . . . Comparisons carry the suggestion that specific conditions exist for parental love and acceptance. Thus, even when one child comes out on top in a comparison she is left feeling uneasy about the tenuousness of her position and the possibility of faring less well in the next comparison.
    Marianne E. Neifert (20th century)

    Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country’s virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, “the greatest,” but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is.
    Sydney J. Harris (1917–1986)

    The more specific idea of evolution now reached is—a change from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity, accompanying the dissipation of motion and integration of matter.
    Herbert Spencer (1820–1903)