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spec

 (spĕk) Informal
n.
1. specs The specifications, as for a building to be constructed.
2. Speculation.
tr.v. spec'd, spec'ing, specs or specced (spĕkt) or spec·cing (spĕk′ĭng)
To write or supply specifications for.
adj.
1. Of or relating to specifications: a manufacturer's spec sheet.
2. Done, constructed, produced, or purchased as a speculation: a spec job; a spec house.
Idiom:
on spec
On a speculation basis; with no assurance of profit: houses built on spec; writes TV commercials on spec.

spec'′er n.

spec

(spɛk)
n
on spec as a speculation or gamble: all the tickets were sold so I went to the theatre on spec.
adj
(prenominal) Austral and NZ speculative: a spec developer.
[C19: short for speculation or speculative]

spec

(spɛk)

n., v. spec'd specked specced, spec'•ing speck•ing spec•cing. n.
1. Usu., specs. specification (defs. 2, 3).
2. speculation.
v.t.
3. to provide specifications for.
Idioms:
on spec, made, built, or done with hopes of but no assurance of payment or a sale.
[1940–45; by shortening]

spec.

1. special.
2. specially.
3. specifically.
4. specification.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spec - a detailed description of design criteria for a piece of work
description, verbal description - a statement that represents something in words
computer architecture - the art of assembling logical elements into a computing device; the specification of the relation between parts of a computer system
network architecture - specification of design principles (including data formats and procedures) for creating a network configuration of data processors
Translations

spec

[spek] N to buy sth on speccomprar algo como especulación
to go along on specir a ver lo que sale
to turn up on specpresentarse por si acaso

spec

[ˈspɛk] n
(= specification) → spécifications fpl
on spec [turn up, drop in, go] → à l'improviste
to write to sb on spec (for a job)envoyer une candidature spontanée à qn

spec

n (inf) on specauf Verdacht, auf gut Glück

spec

[spɛk] n (Brit) (fam) to buy sth on speccomprare qc sperando di fare un affare
I went to the theatre on spec → sono andato al teatro nella speranza di trovare un biglietto
References in periodicals archive ?
Developed by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC), SPEC CPU95 is a suite of benchmark tests used to measure the performance of the CPU, memory architecture and compiler in relation to how fast a computer completes a task.
The new release replaces SPEC CPU95, which will be gradually phased out between now and July 2000, when SPEC will stop publishing CPU95 results.
Developed by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC), SPECrates are a subset of SPEC CPU95 measures of microprocessor performance, throughput and capacity.