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Meaning of SPECIAL

Pronunciation:  'speshul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising; "they are having a special on pork chops"
  3. [n]  a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
  4. [adj]  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?"
  5. [adj]  having a specific function or scope; "a special (or specific) role in the mission"
  6. [adj]  for a special service or occasion; "a special correspondent"; "a special adviser to the committee"; "had to get special permission for the event"
  7. [adj]  first and most important; "his special interest is music"; "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"
  8. [adj]  adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose; "a special kind of paint"; "a special medication for arthritis"
  9. [adj]  added to a regular schedule; "a special holiday flight"; "put on special buses for the big game"

SPECIAL is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: especial(a), exceptional, extra, extraordinary, limited, particular, particular(a), primary, specialised, specialized, specific, uncommon, unscheduled
 See Also: dish, offer, offering, television program, television show, TV program, TV show



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spe"cial\, a. [L. specialis, fr. species a particular
    sort, kind, or quality: cf. F. sp['e]cial. See {Species}, and
    cf. {Especial}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or
             A special is called by the schools a ``species''.
                                                   --I. Watts.
    2. Particular; peculiar; different from others;
       extraordinary; uncommon.
             Our Savior is represented everywhere in Scripture as
             the special patron of the poor and the afficted.
             To this special evil an improvement of style would
             apply a special redress.              --De Quincey.
    3. Appropriate; designed for a particular purpose, occasion,
       or person; as, a special act of Parliament or of Congress;
       a special sermon.
    4. 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.
    5. Chief in excellence. [Obs.]
             The king hath drawn The special head of all the land
             together.                             --Shak.
    {Special administration} (Law), an administration limited to
       certain specified effects or acts, or one granted during a
       particular time or the existence of a special cause, as
       during a controversy respecting the probate of a will, or
       the right of administration, etc.
    {Special agency}, an agency confined to some particular
    {Special bail}, {Bail above}, or {Bail to the action} (Law),
       sureties who undertake that, if the defendant is
       convicted, he shall satisfy the plaintiff, or surrender
       himself into custody. --Tomlins. Wharton (Law Dict.).
    {Special constable}. See under {Constable}. --Bouvier.
    {Special damage} (Law), a damage resulting from the act
       complained of, as a natural, but not the necessary,
       consequence of it.
    {Special demurrer} (Law), a demurrer for some defect of form
       in the opposite party pleading, in which the cause of
       demurrer is particularly stated.
    {Special deposit}, a deposit made of a specific thing to be
       kept distinct from others.
    {Special homology}. (Biol.) See under {Homology}.
    {Special injuction} (Law), an injuction granted on special
       grounds, arising of the circumstances of the case.
    {Special issue} (Law), an issue produced upon a special plea.
    {Special jury} (Law), a jury consisting of persons of some
       particular calling, station, or qualification, which is
       called upon motion of either party when the cause is
       supposed to require it; a struck jury.
    {Special orders} (Mil.), orders which do not concern, and are
       not published to, the whole command, such as those
       relating to the movement of a particular corps, a detail,
       a temporary camp, etc.
    {Special partner}, a limited partner; a partner with a
       limited or restricted responsibility; -- unknown at common
    {Special partnership}, a limited or particular partnership;
       -- a term sometimes applied to a partnership in a
       particular business, operation, or adventure.
    {Special plea in bar} (Law), a plea setting forth particular
       and new matter, distinguished from the general issue.
    {Special pleader} (Law), originally, a counsel who devoted
       himself to drawing special counts and pleas; in a wider
       sense, a lawyer who draws pleadings.
    {Special pleading} (Law), the allegation of special or new
       matter, as distingiushed from a direct denial of matter
       previously alleged on the side. --Bouvier. The popular
       denomination of the whole science of pleading. --Stephen.
       The phrase is sometimes popularly applied to the specious,
       but unsound, argumentation of one whose aim is victory,
       and not truth. --Burrill.
    {Special property} (Law), a qualified or limited ownership
       possession, as in wild animals, things found or bailed.
    {Special session}, an extraordinary session; a session at an
       unusual time or for an unusual purpose; as, a special
       session of Congress or of a legislature.
    {Special statute}, or {Special law}, an act of the
       legislature which has reference to a particular person,
       place, or interest; -- in distinction from a general law.
    {Special verdict} (Law), a special finding of the facts of
       the case, leaving to the court the application of the law
       to them. --Wharton (Law Dict.).
    Syn: Peculiar; appropriate; specific; dictinctive;
         particular; exceptional; singular. See {Peculiar}.
  2. \Spe"cial\, n.
    1. A particular. [Obs.] --Hammond.
    2. One appointed for a special service or occasion.
    {In special}, specially; in particular. --Chaucer.
Computing Dictionary

A SRI specification language.

["SPECIAL - A Specification and Assertion Language", L. Robinson et al, TR CSL-46, SRI, Jan 1987].