of a distinct or particular kind or character:
a special kind of key.
being a particular one; particular, individual, or certain:
You’d better call the special number.
pertaining or peculiar to a particular person, thing, instance, etc.; distinctive; unique:
the special features of a plan.
having a specific or particular function, purpose, etc.:
a special messenger.
distinguished or different from what is ordinary or usual:
a special occasion; to fix something special.
extraordinary; exceptional, as in amount or degree; especial:
being such in an exceptional degree; particularly valued:
a special friend.
pertaining to people with singular needs or disabilities, or to their education:
disabled students with special needs; state funding for special schools.
a special person or thing.
a train used for a particular purpose, occasion, or the like.
a special edition of a newspaper.
Theater. a spotlight reserved for a particular area, property, actor, etc.:
Give me the coffin special.
a temporary, arbitrary reduction in the price of regularly stocked goods, especially food; a particularly worthwhile offer or price:
The special this week is on sirloin steaks.
Television. a single program not forming part of a regular series.
distinguished, set apart from, or excelling others of its kind
(prenominal) designed or reserved for a particular purpose: a special tool for working leather
not usual or commonplace
(prenominal) particular or primary: his special interest was music
denoting or relating to the education of physically or mentally handicapped children: a special school
a special person or thing, such as an extra edition of a newspaper or a train reserved for a particular purpose
a dish or meal given prominence, esp at a low price, in a café, etc
(Austral, history, slang) a convict given special treatment on account of his education, social class, etc
short for special constable
(Austral & NZ, US & Canadian, informal) an item in a store that is advertised at a reduced price; a loss leader
verb (transitive) -cials, -cialling, -cialled
(NZ, informal) to advertise and sell (an item) at a reduced price: we are specialling butter this week
A specification language developed at SRI around 1976.
[“SPECIAL – A Specification and Assertion Language”, L. Robinson et al, TR CSL-46, SRI, Jan 1977].
[Also known as “HDM”? What’s HDM?]
noun 1. a legislative act that applies only to specific persons or to a specific area.
noun 1. an investigator in a law enforcement agency. 2. an insurance sales representative.
- Special air service
noun 1. a regiment in the British Army specializing in clandestine operations
- Special anatomy
special anatomy spe·cial anatomy (spěsh’əl) n. The study of organs or organ systems that perform special physiological functions.