WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
spe•cif•ic /spɪˈsɪfɪk/USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. having a special purpose or reference; explicit or definite:a specific use for a tool.
  2. specified, precise, or particular; exact:What is the specific time the train will arrive?
  3. [be + ~ + to + object] proper to only certain persons or things:This symptom is specific to those who have high blood pressure.

n. [countable]
  • something specific, as a statement or detail:Those are the general principles; now let's look at the specifics and how they apply to each of us.
  • spe•cif•i•cal•ly, adv. 
    spec•i•fic•i•ty /ˌspɛsəˈfɪsɪti/USA pronunciationn. [uncountable]See -spec-.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    specific /spɪˈsɪfɪk/ adj
    1. explicit, particular, or definite
    2. relating to a specified or particular thing: a specific treatment for arthritis
    3. of or relating to a biological species
    4. (of a disease) caused by a particular pathogenic agent
    5. characteristic of a property of a particular substance, esp in relation to the same property of a standard reference substance: specific gravity
    6. characteristic of a property of a particular substance per unit mass, length, area, volume, etc: specific heat
    7. (of an extensive physical quantity) divided by mass: specific heat capacity, specific volume
    8. denoting a tariff levied at a fixed sum per unit of weight, quantity, volume, etc, irrespective of value
    1. (sometimes plural) a designated quality, thing, etc
    2. any drug used to treat a particular disease
    Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin specificus, from Latin species

    speˈcifically adv specificity /ˌspɛsɪˈfɪsɪtɪ/ n

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