Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Specify"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Specify \Spec"i*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Specified}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Specifying}.] [F. sp['e]cifier, or OF. especifier,
fr. LL. specificare. See {Species}, {-fy}.]
To mention or name, as a particular thing; to designate in
words so as to distinguish from other things; as, to specify
the uses of a plant; to specify articles purchased.

He has there given us an exact geography of Greece,
where the countries and the uses of their soils are
specified. --Pope.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: specify as a condition; "The will stipulates that she can
live in the house for the rest of her life" [syn: {stipulate},
{qualify}, {condition}]
2: determine the essential quality of [syn: {define}, {delineate},
{delimit}, {delimitate}]
3: decide upon, as of variables in math [syn: {set}, {determine},
4: be specific about [syn: {particularize}, {specialize}] [ant:
5: define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this
game" [syn: {pin down}, {peg down}, {nail down}, {narrow
down}, {narrow}]
6: design or destine; "She was intended to become the director"
[syn: {intend}, {destine}, {designate}]
7: select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The
teacher ssigned him to lead his classmates in the
exercise" [syn: {assign}, {set apart}]

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