Definitions for characteristicˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
char•ac•ter•is•tic*ˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪk(adj.)
indicating the character or distinctive quality of a person or thing; typical.
(n.)a distinguishing feature or quality.
the integral part of a common logarithm. the exponent of 10 in a number expressed in scientific notation.
* Syn: See feature.
Origin of characteristic:
1655–65; < Gk
a prominent attribute or aspect of something
"the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
a distinguishing quality
the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2
characteristic, device characteristic(adj)
any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
typical or distinctive
"heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
characteristic(adjective)ˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪk
symptoms characteristic of this illness; with his characteristic charm
characteristic(noun)ˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪk
a typical feature
the main characteristics of a successful business; leadership characteristics
a distinguishable feature of a person or thing
the integer part of a logarithm
the distinguishing features of a navigational light on a lighthouse etc by which it can be identified (colour, pattern of flashes etc)
The minimum number of times that the unit of a field must be added unto itself in order to yield that field's zero, or, if that minimum natural number does not exist, then (the integer) zero.
being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing
Origin: From χαρακτηριστικός, from χαρακτηρίζω, from χαρακτήρ.
pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive
a distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized
the integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm
In mathematics, the characteristic of a ring R, often denoted char, is defined to be the smallest number of times one must use the ring's multiplicative identity element in a sum to get the additive identity element; the ring is said to have characteristic zero if this repeated sum never reaches the additive identity. That is, char is the smallest positive number n such that if such a number n exists, and 0 otherwise. The characteristic may also be taken to be the exponent of the ring's additive group, that is, the smallest positive n such that for every element a of the ring. Some authors do not include the multiplicative identity element in their requirements for a ring, and this definition is suitable for that convention; otherwise the two definitions are equivalent due to the distributive law in rings.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'characteristic' in Nouns Frequency: #904
Rank popularity for the word 'characteristic' in Adjectives Frequency: #691
Translations for characteristic
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(negative uncharacteristic ) typical (of a person etc)
He spoke with characteristic shyness; That kind of behaviour is characteristic of him.
- característicoPortuguese (BR)
- charakteristický, typickýCzech
- منش؛ مشخصهFarsi
- svojstven, značajan, karakterističanCroatian
- einkennandi, dæmigerðurIcelandic
- caratteristico, tipicoItalian
- charakteringas, būdingasLithuanian
- منش؛ مشخصهPersian
- خاصيت، طبيعت: بېلوونكې نخښهPashto
- charakteristický, typickýSlovak
- karakteristisk, kännetecknandeSwedish
- kendineözgü, tipikTurkish
- 特有的Chinese (Trad.)
- امتیازی ، انفرادیUrdu
- cá tínhVietnamese
- 特有的Chinese (Simp.)
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