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ˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪkchar·ac·ter·is·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. feature, characteristicnoun

    a prominent attribute or aspect of something

    "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"

  2. characteristicnoun

    a distinguishing quality

  3. characteristicnoun

    the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2

  4. characteristic, device characteristicadjective

    any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions

  5. characteristicadjective

    typical or distinctive

    "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"

Wiktionary

  1. characteristicnoun

    a distinguishable feature of a person or thing

  2. characteristicnoun

    the integer part of a logarithm

  3. characteristicnoun

    the distinguishing features of a navigational light on a lighthouse etc by which it can be identified (colour, pattern of flashes etc)

  4. characteristicnoun

    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.

  5. characteristicadjective

    being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing

  6. Etymology: From χαρακτηριστικός, from χαρακτηρίζω, from χαρακτήρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Characteristicadjective

    pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive

  2. Characteristicnoun

    a distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized

  3. Characteristicnoun

    the integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm

  4. Etymology: [Gr. : cf. F. charactristique.]

Freebase

  1. Characteristic

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. characteristic

    A specific quality.

    The characteristics were so clear, she was so honest.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'characteristic' in Nouns Frequency: #904

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'characteristic' in Adjectives Frequency: #691

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of characteristic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of characteristic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of characteristic in a Sentence

  1. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

    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.

  2. Fiona Hill:

    This has been characteristic of Donald Trump and Putin the times they've met. We still don't know what they discussed in Finland.

  3. Chris Stantis:

    The tombs with non-Egyptian burial customs were especially intriguing typically males buried with bronze weaponry in constructed tombs, without scarabs or other protective amulets like Egyptians would have been buried with, the most elite had equids of some sort (potentially donkeys) buried outside the tombs, often in pairs as though ready to pull a chariot. This is both a foreign characteristic of burial style, but also suggestive of someone [with] very high status.

  4. Henry David Thoreau:

    It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

  5. Ben Rhodes:

    I have been in the room with Vladimir Putin many times when I was working for President Obama. And whataboutism is always a characteristic of these summit meetings, that whataboutism is meant to engender cynicism, that nothing really matters, it's not worth even challenging this, that everybody's just as corrupt as everybody else.

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Translations for characteristic

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  • مميز, صفةArabic
  • характерен, отличителна черта, отличителенBulgarian
  • বৈশিষ্ট্যBengali
  • 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
  • مشخصهPersian
  • karakteristika, luonteenomainen, tunnusmerkki, ominainen, tunnusomainen, erityispiirre, tuntomerkkiFinnish
  • caractéristiques, caractéristiqueFrench
  • aitreabúidIrish
  • característica, característicoGalician
  • סממןHebrew
  • विHindi
  • characteristicInterlingua
  • ciriIndonesian
  • distingiva, karakteriziva, karakterizivo, karakteristiko, traito, proprajoIdo
  • caratteristico, caratteristicaItalian
  • מאפייןHebrew
  • 特性, 特徴Japanese
  • დამახასიათებელიGeorgian
  • 특성Korean
  • tūāhuaMāori
  • kenmerkend, karakteristiek, idiosyncratisch, trekjeDutch
  • cecha, charakterystycznyPolish
  • característica, característicoPortuguese
  • caracteristică, caracteristicRomanian
  • типи́чный, характерная черта, отличи́тельный, характе́рный, характеристика, особенность, отличительная черта, чертаRussian
  • osobina, značajkaSerbo-Croatian
  • karakteristikëAlbanian
  • karakteristik, karakteristisk, karakteristikum, kännetecknandeSwedish
  • 特点Chinese

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