Definitions of special

  1. surpassing what is common or usual or expected; "he paid especial attention to her"; "exceptional kindness"; "a matter of particular and unusual importance"; "a special occasion"; "a special reason to confide in her"; "what's so special about the year 2000?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. added to a regular schedule; "a special holiday flight"; "put on special buses for the big game" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. having a specific function or scope; "a special (or specific) role in the mission" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. first and most important; "his special interest is music"; "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. unique or specific to a person or thing or category; "the particular demands of the job"; "has a paraticular preference for Chinese art"; "a peculiar bond of sympathy between them"; "an expression peculiar to Canadians"; "rights peculiar to the rich"; "the special features of a computer"; "my own special chair" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. a television production that features a particular person or work or topic; "the last of a series of BBC specials on Iran is being shown tonight" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising; "they are having a special on pork chops" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. for a special service or occasion; "a special correspondent"; "a special adviser to the committee"; "had to get special permission for the event" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose; "a special kind of paint"; "a special medication for arthritis" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. Of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or sort. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Particular; peculiar; different from others; extraordinary; uncommon. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Appropriate; designed for a particular purpose, occasion, or person; as, a special act of Parliament or of Congress; a special sermon. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Limited in range; confined to a definite field of action, investigation, or discussion; as, a special dictionary of commercial terms; a special branch of study. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Chief in excellence. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. A particular. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. One appointed for a special service or occasion. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. Pertaining to, or forming, a species or sort; as, the special characteristics of man; designed for a particular purpose; as, a special course of study; different from others; uncommon; particular; as, a special favor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Specially. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Relating to a particular subject, individual. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  21. Of a species or sort: particular: distinctive: uncommon: designed for a particular purpose: confined to a particular subject. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. Designating a species; distinctive; particular; specific. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. Singular; unique; particular; specific; diffrential. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Designating a species or sort; particular; peculiar; designed for a particular purpose; extraordinary; for a particular subject; chief in excellence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. A person or thing specially appointed. Special grace, the renewing and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit. Special pleading, the allegation of special new matter; pleading to gain a special point. Special verdict, one in which the facts of the case are found by the jury, and the law is submitted to the judges. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. Pert. to a species or sort; particular; designed for a particular purpose; confined to some particular department or subject; extraordinary. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. A specification language, developedat SRI around 1976, used to specify the abstract machinesin Hierarchical Design Methodology (HDM).["SPECIAL - A Specification and Assertion Language",L. Robinson et al, TR CSL-46, SRI, Jan 1977]. foldoc_fs
  28. spesh'al, adj. of a species or sort; particular: distinctive: uncommon: designed for a particular purpose: confined to a particular subject or application.--n. any special or particular person or thing: any person or thing set apart for a particular duty--a constable, a railway-tram, &c.: a newspaper extra, a despatch from a special correspondent.--n. SPECIALIS[=A]'TION, the act or process of specialising: differentiation, as of organs, functions, &c.--v.t. SPEC'IALISE, to make specifically distinct, to limit to a particular kind of action or use.--v.i. to act in some particular way, to take a particular direction, as to devote one's self especially to some particular branch of study.--ns. SPEC'IALISM, devotion to some particular study or pursuit; SPEC'IALIST, one who devotes himself to a special subject.--adj. SPECIALIST'IC.--n. SPECIAL'ITY, the particular characteristic of a person or thing: a special occupation or object of attention.--adv. SPEC'IALLY.--ns. SPEC'IALTY, something special or distinctive: any special product, article of sale or of manufacture: any special pursuit, department of study, &c.: a special contract for the payment of money; SPECIE (sp[=e]'shi), gold and silver coin, metallic money (abl. of L. species, kind); SP[=E]'CIES, a group of individuals having common marks or characteristics, specialised from others of the same genus to which it is subordinate: a group under a higher class, a kind or sort, a distinct constituent part, an element: an appearance to the senses, an image of an external object presented to the eye or the mind; SP[=E]'CIES-MONG'ER, one who busies himself with classifications only, indifferent to wider biological relations, one who makes distinctions for distinction's sake; SP[=E]CIF'IC, a remedy which has a special power in a particular disease: an infallible remedy.--adjs. SP[=E]CIF'IC, -AL, pertaining to, or constituting, a species: that specifies: peculiar to: produced by some special cause: precise: infallible.--adv. SP[=E]CIF'ICALLY.--ns. SP[=E]CIF'ICALNESS, SP[=E]CIF'ICNESS, the state or quality of being specific.--SPECIAL CONSTABLE (see CONSTABLE); SPECIAL LICENSE (see License); SPECIAL PLEADING (see PLEAD); SPECIAL VERDICT (see VERDICT).--SPECIFIC DENSITY, the mass of any given substance contained in unit volume; SPECIFIC GRAVITY, the weight of any given substance as compared with the weight of an equal bulk or volume of water or other standard substance at the same temperature and pressure; SPECIFIC HEAT (see HEAT). gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  29. see Specific. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  30. Of a particular kind, peculiar, not general, (cf. ESPECIAL), as lacks the s. qualities required, word used in a s. sense, what is your s. work?, its s. charm did not appeal to him, s. anatomy (of particular organs of human body), s. JURY, s. hospital (for particular class of diseases); for a particular purpose, as appointed s. agents, received s. instructions; (also especial) exceptional in amount, degree, intensity, &c., as took s. trouble, find no s. excellence in his work; s. case, written statement of facts submitted by litigants to court, (also) exceptional or peculiar case; s. constable (sworn in to assist in maintaining public peace in case of riot &c.); s. licence (enabling priest to marry parties without publication of banns or at time or place other than those usually necessary); s. logic, rules for thinking concerning s. class of objects; s. pleader, member of Inns of Court whose business it is to give verbal or written opinions on matters submitted to him& to deal with various proceedings out of usual course; s. pleading, (Law) allegation of s. or new matter as opp. to denial of allegations of other side, (pop.) specious but unfair argument, statement of case designed to favour speaker\'s point of view rather than to discover the truth; s. VERDICT. (N.) s. constable, train, examination, edition of newspaper (esp. EXTRA-s.), &c. Hence specially adv. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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