American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing; distinctive: heard my friend's characteristic laugh; the stripes that are characteristic of the zebra.
- n. A feature that helps to identify, tell apart, or describe recognizably; a distinguishing mark or trait.
- n. Mathematics The integral part of a logarithm as distinguished from the mantissa: The characteristic of the logarithm 6.3214 is 6.
- n. Mathematics The least number of times the multiplicative identity in a ring needs to be added to itself to reach the additive identity, or, if the additive identity is never reached, zero. The integers have a characteristic of zero; the integers modulus 12 have a characteristic of 12.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character; exhibiting the peculiar qualities of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive: as, a characteristic distinction; with characteristic generosity, he emptied his purse.
- Relative to a characteristic or characteristics in sense II., 2 or .
- n. That which serves to characterize, or which constitutes or indicates the character; anything that distinguishes one person or thing or place from another; a distinctive feature.
- n. In mathematics: The index or integer part of an artificial or Briggsian logarithm. See logarithm. A number, one of a set of numbers, μ, ν, etc., referring to an i-way spread of figures of a given kind, and such that the number of these figures which satisfy any i-fold condition is equal to aμ + bν +, etc., where a, b, etc., are whole numbers depending upon the nature of this condition. This definition, given by Schubert in 1879, is a generalization of that given by Chasles in 1864. Any number related in a remarkable way to a figure: a use of the term not allowed by careful writers, A number referring to a higher singularity of an algebraical curve or surface, and expressing how many simple singularities of a given kind it replaces, The rational integral function (in its lowest terms) whose vanishing expresses the satisfaction of the condition of which it is the characteristic.
- n. In philology See characteristic letter or sound, above.
- adj. being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing
- n. a distinguishable feature of a person or thing
- n. mathematics the integer part of a logarithm
- n. nautical the distinguishing features of a navigational light on a lighthouse etc by which it can be identified (colour, pattern of flashes etc)
- n. algebra 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.
- n. A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized.
- n. (Math.) The integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.
- n. any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
- n. a prominent attribute or aspect of something
- n. a distinguishing quality
- n. the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2
- adj. typical or distinctive
- From Ancient Greek χαρακτηριστικός (kharaktēristikos), from χαρακτηρίζω (kharaktērizō, "to designate by a characteristic mark"), from χαρακτήρ (kharaktēr, "a mark, character"). (Wiktionary)
“Treating people differently based on a certain characteristic is called discrimination.”
“Their main characteristic is their ability to take on multiple identities, not because they are shared between different worlds but because they are transferred across them. 6 Motion becomes the inseparable part of their identity which has never been fixed in the first place.”
“A description of what one might call an apparently static "interior landscape", whose main characteristic is that nothing in it is near or remote, turns out itself, not to be static, but, on the contrary, dynamic.”
“So finding out that L's nemesis shares this characteristic is a bit annoying.”
“When this characteristic is applied to the relationship between man and woman, as we find in many old love stories, it is depicted as a quiet love, keeping passion under control, in a manner aggressive, yet at the same time one of simple resignation.”
“Hall, far from showing that fury which he described as his characteristic, denied the charge with meekness.”
“The soul of this characteristic is absence of selfishness.”
“This characteristic is the desire for homogeneousness.”
“Because the liquor’s main characteristic is its nothingness — ideally it has no flavor, color or smell — specialty vodka makers said one of their biggest challenges is explaining to people why their products do not taste like the raw materials.”
“I mean you are a liar and you are stupid you just spew out lies for the sheer joy of being a liar and you are really stupid but your defining characteristic is you are just such a punk.”
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