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specific

1. of or relating to a biological species
2. (of a disease) caused by a particular pathogenic agent
3. Physics
a. characteristic of a property of a particular substance, esp in relation to the same property of a standard reference substance
b. characteristic of a property of a particular substance per unit mass, length, area, volume, etc.
c. (of an extensive physical quantity) divided by mass
4. International trade denoting a tariff levied at a fixed sum per unit of weight, quantity, volume, etc., irrespective of value
5. Med any drug used to treat a particular disease

specific

[spə′sif·ik]
(physics)
Indicating the amount of a physical quantity per unit mass, weight, volume, or area, or the ratio of the quantity for the substance under consideration to the same quantity for a standard substance, such as water.
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Because it is triangular or quadrangular a thing is said to have a specific character, or again because it is straight or curved; in fact a thing's shape in every case gives rise to a qualification of it.
Evidently, in its translatory motion round the moon, it had not passed through any atmosphere, for the specific weight of these different objects would have checked their relative speed.
Each adult Martian female brings forth about thirteen eggs each year, and those which meet the size, weight, and specific gravity tests are hidden in the recesses of some subterranean vault where the temperature is too low for incubation.
Quite different from Lake Asphaltite, whose depression is twelve hundred feet below the sea, it contains considerable salt, and one quarter of the weight of its water is solid matter, its specific weight being 1,170, and, after being distilled, 1,000.
These though generally included in the generic name of free trappers, have the more specific title of skin trappers.
That power, however, was limited and specific, and did not extend to an operation of this nature and extent; no objection, however, was made to his assumption, and he and M'Tavish soon made a preliminary arrangement, perfectly satisfactory to the latter.
Philip was often peevish and contemptuous; and Tom's more specific and kindly impressions gradually melted into the old background of suspicion and dislike toward him as a queer fellow, a humpback, and the son of a rogue.

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