from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Concentration of one's efforts in a given occupation or field of study.
  • n. A field of specialization.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. speciality
  • n. The concentration of one's efforts upon a particular field of study

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Devotion to a particular and restricted part or branch of knowledge, art, or science.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Devotion to a special branch or division of a general subject or pursuit; the characteristic pursuit or theme of a specialist; restriction to a specialty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the special line of work you have adopted as your career
  • n. the concentration of your efforts on a particular field of study or occupation


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  • She read a good deal of that kind of literature which may be defined as specialism popularised; writing which addresses itself to educated, but not strictly studious, persons, and which forms the reservoir of conversation for society above the sphere of turf and west-endism.

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  • Big, shaggy, bearded, he was of the ancient and puissant type that, under the tidal wave of "specialism" is fast being swept towards the shores where live the last survivors of the Great Auk, the Dinosaur, and the Spread

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  • A graduate of photography, film and TV at Napier University, Spengler's specialism in stills photography meant a lot of "experimenting in the dark room with effects the old-school way" before she was able to explore digital media.

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  • The general academic education at a UTC is as important as its specialism.

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  • "By getting respected authors to write about their specialism Google hopes to start putting some of that information in better order." - BBC website, 15 Dec 2007

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