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 for Special
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Special \Spe"cial\, a. [L. specialis, fr. species a particular
     sort, kind, or quality: cf. F. sp['e]cial. See Species, and
     cf. Especial.]
     1. Of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or
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              A special is called by the schools a "species". --I.
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     2. Particular; peculiar; different from others;
        extraordinary; uncommon.
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              Our Savior is represented everywhere in Scripture as
              the special patron of the poor and the afficted.
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              To this special evil an improvement of style would
              apply a special redress.              --De Quincey.
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     3. Appropriate; designed for a particular purpose, occasion,
        or person; as, a special act of Parliament or of Congress;
        a special sermon.
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     4. Limited in range; confined to a definite field of action,
        investigation, or discussion; as, a special dictionary of
        commercial terms; a special branch of study.
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     5. Chief in excellence. [Obs.]
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              The king hath drawn
              The special head of all the land together. --Shak.
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     Special administration (Law), an administration limited to
        certain specified effects or acts, or one granted during a
        particular time or the existence of a special cause, as
        during a controversy respecting the probate of a will, or
        the right of administration, etc.
     Special agency, an agency confined to some particular
     Special bail, Bail above, or Bail to the action (Law),
        sureties who undertake that, if the defendant is
        convicted, he shall satisfy the plaintiff, or surrender
        himself into custody. --Tomlins. --Wharton (Law Dict.).
     Special constable. See under Constable. --Bouvier.
     Special damage (Law), a damage resulting from the act
        complained of, as a natural, but not the necessary,
        consequence of it.
     Special demurrer (Law), a demurrer for some defect of form
        in the opposite party pleading, in which the cause of
        demurrer is particularly stated.
     Special deposit, a deposit made of a specific thing to be
        kept distinct from others.
     Special homology. (Biol.) See under Homology.
     Special injuction (Law), an injuction granted on special
        grounds, arising of the circumstances of the case.
     Special issue (Law), an issue produced upon a special plea.
     Special jury (Law), a jury consisting of persons of some
        particular calling, station, or qualification, which is
        called upon motion of either party when the cause is
        supposed to require it; a struck jury.
     Special orders (Mil.), orders which do not concern, and are
        not published to, the whole command, such as those
        relating to the movement of a particular corps, a detail,
        a temporary camp, etc.
     Special partner, a limited partner; a partner with a
        limited or restricted responsibility; -- unknown at common
     Special partnership, a limited or particular partnership;
        -- a term sometimes applied to a partnership in a
        particular business, operation, or adventure.
     Special plea in bar (Law), a plea setting forth particular
        and new matter, distinguished from the general issue.
     Special pleader (Law), originally, a counsel who devoted
        himself to drawing special counts and pleas; in a wider
        sense, a lawyer who draws pleadings.
     Special pleading (Law), the allegation of special or new
        matter, as distingiushed from a direct denial of matter
        previously alleged on the side. --Bouvier. The popular
        denomination of the whole science of pleading. --Stephen.
        The phrase is sometimes popularly applied to the specious,
        but unsound, argumentation of one whose aim is victory,
        and not truth. --Burrill.
     Special property (Law), a qualified or limited ownership
        possession, as in wild animals, things found or bailed.
     Special session, an extraordinary session; a session at an
        unusual time or for an unusual purpose; as, a special
        session of Congress or of a legislature.
     Special statute, or Special law, an act of the
        legislature which has reference to a particular person,
        place, or interest; a private law; -- in distinction
        from a general law or public law.
     Special verdict (Law), a special finding of the facts of
        the case, leaving to the court the application of the law
        to them. --Wharton (Law Dict.).
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     Syn: Peculiar; appropriate; specific; dictinctive;
          particular; exceptional; singular. See Peculiar.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Special \Spe"cial\, n.
     1. A particular. [Obs.] --Hammond.
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     2. One appointed for a special service or occasion.
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     In special, specially; in particular. --Chaucer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: unique or specific to a person or thing or category; "the
             particular demands of the job"; "has a particular
             preference for Chinese art"; "a peculiar bond of sympathy
             between them"; "an expression peculiar to Canadians";
             "rights peculiar to the rich"; "the special features of a
             computer"; "my own special chair" [syn: particular(a),
             peculiar(a), special(a)]
      2: for a special service or occasion; "a special correspondent";
         "a special adviser to the committee"; "had to get special
         permission for the event"
      3: surpassing what is common or usual or expected; "he paid
         especial attention to her"; "exceptional kindness"; "a matter
         of particular and unusual importance"; "a special occasion";
         "a special reason to confide in her"; "what's so special
         about the year 2000?" [syn: especial(a), exceptional,
         particular(a), special]
      4: adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose; "a special
         kind of paint"; "a special medication for arthritis"
      5: having a specific function or scope; "a special (or specific)
         role in the mission" [syn: limited, special]
      6: first and most important; "his special interest is music";
         "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her
         volunteer work" [syn: particular, special]
      7: added to a regular schedule; "a special holiday flight"; "put
         on special buses for the big game" [syn: extra, special]
      n 1: a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced
           price) that is featured in advertising; "they are having a
           special on pork chops"
      2: a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
      3: a television production that features a particular person or
         work or topic; "the last of a series of BBC specials on Iran
         is being shown tonight"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  211 Moby Thesaurus words for "special":
     Amtrak, absolute, another, article, article of commerce,
     article of merchandise, baggage train, best, bizarre, bosom,
     cable railroad, categorical, celebrated, celebratory, certain,
     characteristic, choo-choo, classificational, classificatory, close,
     closest, cog railroad, cog railway, commodity, concerted, concrete,
     conspicuous, curious, daily, daily newspaper, dear, defined,
     defining, definite, deliberate, denominative, designated, detailed,
     determinate, determined, devoted, different, differential,
     distinct, distinctive, distinctively, distinguished, divisional,
     divisionary, drug, el, electric, electric train, elevated, else,
     eminent, esoteric, especial, esteemed, estimable, exact,
     exceptional, exclusive, express, express train, extra,
     extra edition, extraordinary, faithful, feature, festive, finicky,
     fixed, flier, freight, freight train, freighter, full, funicular,
     fussy, gala, gazette, good, goods train, idiosyncratic, important,
     individual, inimitable, inner, interurban, intimate, item,
     lead item, leader, leading card, lightning express, limited, local,
     loss leader, loyal, main feature, major, marked, memorable,
     meticulous, metro, milk train, minute, momentous, monorail,
     national newspaper, neighborhood newspaper, news, newspaper,
     newspaper of record, nice, noble, not that sort, not the same,
     not the type, notable, noteworthy, occasional, odd, of a sort,
     of another sort, of mark, of sorts, ordinal, other, other than,
     otherwise, outstanding, paper, paramount, parliamentary,
     parliamentary train, particular, particularly, passenger train,
     peculiar, personal, picayune, pointed, precise, prestigious,
     primary, prime, private, product, prominent,
     rack-and-pinion railroad, rag, railroad train, rare, rattler,
     red-letter, remarkable, rememberable, reputable, respective,
     rolling stock, salient, seconds, set, several, sheet, shuttle,
     shuttle train, signal, significant, singular, solipsistic,
     special edition, speciality, specialized, specially, specific,
     specifically, standard article, staple, staple item, staunch,
     steadfast, strange, streamliner, striking, subdivisional, subway,
     sui generis, tabloid, taxonomic, telling, train, tube, typal,
     typical, uncommon, unconventional, underground, unforgettable,
     unique, unorthodox, unusual, valued, vendible, ware, way train,
     weekly, weekly newspaper, weird

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      A specification language, developed
     at SRI around 1976, used to specify the abstract machines
     in Hierarchical Design Methodology (HDM).
     ["SPECIAL - A Specification and Assertion Language",
     L. Robinson et al, TR CSL-46, SRI, Jan 1977].

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SPECIAL. That which relates to a particular species or kind, opposed to 
  general; as special verdict and general verdict; special imparlance and 
  general imparlance; special jury, or one selected for a particular case, and 
  general jury; special issue and general issue, &c. 

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