### Princeton's WordNet

feature, characteristic(noun)

a prominent attribute or aspect of something

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

characteristic(noun)

a distinguishing quality

characteristic(noun)

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

characteristic(adj)

typical or distinctive

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

### Wiktionary

characteristic(Noun)

a distinguishable feature of a person or thing

characteristic(Noun)

the integer part of a logarithm

characteristic(Noun)

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

characteristic(Noun)

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.

characteristic(Adjective)

being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing

**Origin:** From χαρακτηριστικός, from χαρακτηρίζω, from χαρακτήρ.

### Webster Dictionary

Characteristic(adj)

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

Characteristic(noun)

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

Characteristic(noun)

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

**Origin:** [Gr. : cf. F. charactristique.]

### Freebase

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.

### British National Corpus

Nouns Frequency

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

Adjectives Frequency

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

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### Numerology

Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of characteristic in Chaldean Numerology is:

**2**Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of characteristic in Pythagorean Numerology is:

**2**

### Examples of characteristic in a Sentence

It is

**characteristic**of wisdom not to do desperate things.Exclusiveness is a

**characteristic**of recent riches, high society, and the skunk.Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey:

Philanthropic people lose all sense of Humanity, it is their distinguishing

**characteristic**.There seems to be some perverse human

**characteristic**that likes to make easy things difficult.If you could choose one

**characteristic**that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.

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