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  2  definitions  found 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  structural  adaptation  of  some  body  part  for  a  particular 
  function  [syn:  {specialization},  {differentiation}] 
  2:  the  act  of  specializing;  making  something  suitable  for  a 
  special  purpose  [syn:  {specialization}] 
  3:  the  special  line  of  work  you  have  adopted  as  your  career; 
  "his  specialization  is  gastroenterology"  [syn:  {specialization}, 
  {specialty},  {speciality},  {specialism}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  A  reduction  in  generality,  usually  for  the  sake  of  increased 
  efficiency.  If  a  piece  of  code  is  specialised  for  certain 
  values  of  certain  variables  (usually  function  arguments),  this 
  is  known  as  "{partial  evaluation}".  In  a  language  with 
  {overloading}  (e.g.  {Haskell}),  an  overloaded  function  might  be 
  specialised  to  a  non-overloaded  instance  at  compile-time  if 
  the  types  of  its  arguments  are  known 

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