Definitions for characteristic
ˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪkchar·ac·ter·is·tic
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word characteristic.
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 characteristicadjective
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"
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
Etymology: From χαρακτηριστικός, from χαρακτηρίζω, from χαρακτήρ.
A characteristic is a feature, quality, or attribute that is distinctive or identifies something or someone. It can be used to describe both physical traits and personality traits as well as other significant aspects. Characteristics can be used to differentiate, categorize, or describe various things, people, or phenomena.
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
Etymology: [Gr. : cf. F. charactristique.]
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.
A specific quality.
The characteristics were so clear, she was so honest.
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Rank popularity for the word 'characteristic' in Nouns Frequency: #904
Rank popularity for the word 'characteristic' in Adjectives Frequency: #691
The numerical value of characteristic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of characteristic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives they have not chosen themselves.
What makes a good follower The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination.
A predilection for wrong is not characteristic of our nature, it is a characteristic of the nature of life itself.
On the floating islands, we conducted embankment (consolidation) to prevent them from waves and erosion, to ensure safety for the people and the soldiers stationed on the islands, on the submerged islands, we only built small houses, which can accommodate a few people and we are not expanding. The scope and characteristic of our work is purely civilian.
They not only look for things to do. They look for things to do that are work related, for me, it plays into a national characteristic of being busy, being productive and improving yourself.
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- مميز, صفةArabic
- характерен, отличителна черта, отличителенBulgarian
- característica, característicCatalan, Valencian
- charakteristický, charakteristika, vlastnostCzech
- karakteristikum, karakteristik, karakteristikon, kendemærkeDanish
- Eigenart, Kenngröße, charakteristisch, Kennwert, typisch, Eigenschaft, bezeichnend, Merkmal, Charakteristik, kennzeichnendGerman
- χαρακτηριστικός, χαρακτηριστικόGreek
- karakteriza, karakteriziloEsperanto
- característica, característicoSpanish
- karakteristika, luonteenomainen, tunnusmerkki, ominainen, tunnusomainen, erityispiirre, tuntomerkkiFinnish
- caractéristiques, caractéristiqueFrench
- característica, característicoGalician
- distingiva, karakteriziva, karakterizivo, karakteristiko, traito, proprajoIdo
- caratteristico, caratteristicaItalian
- 特性, 特徴Japanese
- kenmerkend, karakteristiek, idiosyncratisch, trekjeDutch
- cecha, charakterystycznyPolish
- característica, característicoPortuguese
- caracteristică, caracteristicRomanian
- типи́чный, характерная черта, отличи́тельный, характе́рный, характеристика, особенность, отличительная черта, чертаRussian
- osobina, značajkaSerbo-Croatian
- karakteristik, karakteristisk, karakteristikum, kännetecknandeSwedish
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