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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 classic literature ?
Sometimes he spec he'll go 'way, en den agin he spec he'll stay.
I never lay better, ate or drank better, or conversed with men of better sense than there." Poets and authors greeted him in verse, he was "Kind Richy Spec, the friend to a' distressed," "Dear Spec," and many stories are told of his doings among these new-found friends.
Now, you see, get all dese yer hosses loose, caperin' permiscus round dis yer lot and down to de wood dar, and I spec Mas'r won't be off in a hurry."
"And I'll tell yer more 'n all," said Andy; "I specs you'd better be making tracks for dem hosses,--mighty sudden, too, for I hearn Missis 'quirin' arter yer,--so you've stood foolin' long enough."
She say she spec' Mars Tom gwine to ax me to whitewash, an' so she tole me go 'long an' 'tend to my own business -- she 'lowed SHE'D 'tend to de whitewashin'."
'And of them Dodson and Foggs, as does these sort o' things on spec,' continued Mr.
spec.) and an Oryctes, both extremely numerous under dung.
"Don't you think one of the daughters would be a good spec for me, Ma'am?"
Then did Miss Patty lay down her knitting, take off her specs, rub them, put them on again, and for the first time look at Anne as at a human being.
The neighbour ran, and in came a brisk little old lady in cap and specs, with a bundle of herbs under her arm, which she at once applied in all sorts of funny ways, explaining their virtues as she clapped a plantain poultice here, put a pounded catnip plaster there, or tied a couple of mullein leaves round the sufferer's throat.
Mash his face!" That guy with the specs was I, and I got my face mashed, too, though I had the presence of mind to take off my glasses at the first.
"She caught up her knitting, which had dropped out of her hands, gave me a sharp look through her specs, and said, in her short way, `Finish the chapter, and don't be impertinent, miss'."