spec·i·fi·ca·tion /ˌspɛsəfəˈkeʃən, ˌspɛsfə-/
1. The act of specifying or determining by a mark or limit; notation of limits.
This specification or limitation of the question hinders the disputers from wandering away from the precise point of inquiry. --I. Watts.
2. The designation of particulars; particular mention; as, the specification of a charge against an officer.
3. A written statement containing a minute description or enumeration of particulars, as of charges against a public officer, the terms of a contract, the description of an invention, as in a patent; also, a single article, item, or particular, an allegation of a specific act, as in a charge of official misconduct.
n 1: a detailed description of design criteria for a piece of
work [syn: spec]
2: naming explicitly
3: (patent law) a document drawn up by the applicant for a
patent of invention that provides an explicit and detailed
description of the nature and usse of an invention
4: a restriction that is insisted upon as a condition for an
agreement [syn: stipulation]