Specialism to Spectacled
(Spe"cial*ism) n. Devotion to a particular and restricted part or branch of knowledge, art, or
science; as, medical specialism.
(Spe"cial*ist) n. One who devotes himself to some specialty; as, a medical specialist, one
who devotes himself to diseases of particular parts of the body, as the eye, the ear, the nerves, etc.
(Spe`ci*al"i*ty) n.; pl. Specialities [See Special, and Specialty.]
1. A particular or peculiar case; a particularity. Sir M. Hale.
2. (Law) See Specialty, 3.
3. The special or peculiar mark or characteristic of a person or thing; that for which a person is specially
distinguished; an object of special attention; a special occupation or object of attention; a specialty.
On these two general heads all other specialities are depedent.Hooker.
Strive, while improving your one talent, to enrich your whole capital as a man. It is in this way that you
escape from the wretched narrow-mindedness which is the characteristic of every one who cultivates his
We 'll say, instead, the inconsequent creature man, -Mrs. Browning.
For that'a his speciality.
Think of this, sir, . . . remote from the impulses of passion, and apart from the specialities if I may
use that strong remark of prejudice.Dickens.
4. An attribute or quality peculiar to a species.
1. The act of specializing, or the state of being spezialized.
2. (Biol.) The setting apart of a particular organ for the performance of a particular function. Darwin.
(Spe"cial*ize) v. t.
1. To mention specially; to particularize.
2. To apply to some specialty or limited object; to assign to a specific use; as, specialized knowledge.
3. (Biol.) To supply with an organ or organs having a special function or functions.
1. In a special manner; particularly; especially. Chaucer.
2. For a particular purpose; as, a meeting of the legislature is specially summoned.
(Spe"cial*ty) n.; pl. Specialties [F. spécialité. Cf. Speciality.]
Specialty of rule hath been neglected.Shak.
2. A particular or peculiar case. [Obs.]