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
noun, Meteorology. 1. a National Weather Service warning of high-wind conditions at sea that are expected to last for up to two hours, and generally result from convective storm systems, as thunderstorms or squall lines. Compare warning (def 3).
plural noun 1. an international program of fitness and athletic competition for children and adults who have mental and often physical disabilities, founded in 1968 and featuring events and quadrennial games modeled on those of the Olympics as well as regional and national competitions.
- Special ops
noun, adjective special forces Examples The secretary of state was pushing for them to use a special ops team.
[spesh-uh l-awr-der] /ˈspɛʃ əlˈɔr dər/ verb (used with object) 1. to obtain by specific individual order: to special-order a dining-room chandelier. verb (used without object) 2. to order goods by a special order. special order noun, Military.. Usually, special orders 1. any one of a set of instructions from a headquarters affecting the activity or […]