[spek-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌspɛk yəˈleɪ ʃən/
the contemplation or consideration of some subject:
to engage in speculation on humanity’s ultimate destiny.
a single instance or process of consideration.
a conclusion or opinion reached by such contemplation:
These speculations are impossible to verify.
conjectural consideration of a matter; conjecture or surmise:
a report based on speculation rather than facts.
engagement in business transactions involving considerable risk but offering the chance of large gains, especially trading in commodities, stocks, etc., in the hope of profit from changes in the market price.
a commercial venture or undertaking.
the act or an instance of speculating
a supposition, theory, or opinion arrived at through speculating
investment involving high risk but also the possibility of high profits
late 14c., “contemplation, consideration,” from Old French speculation, from Late Latin speculationem (nominative speculatio) “contemplation, observation,” from Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari “observe,” from specere “to look at, view” (see scope (n.1)). Disparaging sense of “mere conjecture” is recorded from 1570s. Meaning “buying and selling in search of profit from rise and fall of market value” is recorded from 1774; short form spec is attested from 1794.
[sfer-i-kuh l, sfeer-] /ˈsfɛr ɪ kəl, ˈsfɪər-/ adjective 1. having the form of a ; globular. 2. formed in or on a , as a figure. 3. of or relating to a or . 4. pertaining to the heavenly bodies, or to their supposed revolving or shells. 5. pertaining to the heavenly bodies regarded astrologically […]
[spil] /spɪl/ verb (used with object), spilled or spilt, spilling. 1. to cause or allow to run or fall from a container, especially accidentally or wastefully: to spill a bag of marbles; to spill milk. 2. to shed (blood), as in killing or wounding. 3. to scatter: to spill papers all over everything. 4. Nautical. […]
[spon-tey-nee-uh s] /spɒnˈteɪ ni əs/ adjective 1. coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort or premeditation; natural and unconstrained; unplanned: a spontaneous burst of applause. 2. (of a person) given to acting upon sudden impulses. 3. (of natural phenomena) arising from internal forces or causes; independent of external agencies; self-acting. 4. […]
[spawr-ting, spohr-] /ˈspɔr tɪŋ, ˈspoʊr-/ adjective 1. engaging in, disposed to, or interested in open-air or athletic : a rugged, sporting man. 2. concerned with or suitable for such : sporting equipment. 3. . 4. interested in or connected with or pursuits involving betting or gambling: the sporting life of Las Vegas. 5. involving or […]