specific: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (spi-sif'ik), [key]
- having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite: to state one's specific purpose.
- specified, precise, or particular: a specific sum of money.
- peculiar or proper to somebody or something, as qualities, characteristics, effects, etc.: His specific problems got him into trouble.
- of a special or particular kind.
- concerned specifically with the item or subject named (used in combination): The Secretary addressed himself to crop-specific problems.
- of or pertaining to a species: specific characters.
- (of a disease) produced by a special cause or infection.
- (of a remedy) having special effect in the prevention or cure of a certain disease.
- (of an antibody or antigen) having a particular effect on only one antibody or antigen or affecting it in only one way.
- noting customs or duties levied in fixed amounts per unit, as number, weight, or volume.
- designating a physical constant that, for a particular substance, is expressed as the ratio of the quantity in the substance to the quantity in an equal volume of a standard substance, as water or air.
- designating a physical constant that expresses a property or effect as a quantity per unit length, area, volume, or mass.
- something specific, as a statement, quality, detail, etc.
- a specific remedy: There is no specific for the common cold.
- specific (Thesaurus)