What does characteristic mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term characteristic:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. feature, characteristic(noun)

    a prominent attribute or aspect of something

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

  2. characteristic(noun)

    a distinguishing quality

  3. 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

  4. characteristic, device characteristic(adj)

    any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions

  5. 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

  1. characteristic(Noun)

    a distinguishable feature of a person or thing

  2. characteristic(Noun)

    the integer part of a logarithm

  3. characteristic(Noun)

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

  4. 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.

  5. characteristic(Adjective)

    being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. 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

  2. Characteristic(noun)

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

  3. Characteristic(noun)

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

  4. Origin: [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.

British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce characteristic?

  1. Alex
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    US English
    Daniel
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    British
    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
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    Indian

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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. Henry David Thoreau:

    It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

  2. Austin O'Malley:

    Exclusiveness is a characteristic of recent riches, high society, and the skunk.

  3. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey:

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

  4. Warren Buffett:

    There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.

  5. Jennifer Jones:

    If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.

Images & Illustrations of characteristic

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