Definition of spec noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//spek//
; NAmE NAmE//spek//
jump to other results
  • (also specs US English) a detailed description of something, especially the design and materials needed to produce something We want the machine manufactured to our own spec. see also specification
  • Word Originnoun 1950s: abbreviation of specification. on spec. late 18th cent.: abbreviation of speculation.Idioms (informal) when you do something on spec, you are trying to achieve something without organizing it in advance, but hoping you will be lucky A lot of young people apply for jobs on spec (= not in reply to an advertisement, but hoping that a job might be available).
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spec

    Other results

    All matches