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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing; distinctive.
  • noun A feature that helps to identify, tell apart, or describe recognizably; a distinguishing mark or trait.
  • noun Mathematics The integral part of a logarithm as distinguished from the mantissa.
  • noun 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 modulo 12 have a characteristic of 12.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 .
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 + +, 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.
  • noun In philology See characteristic letter or sound, above.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized.
  • noun (Math.) The integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.
  • adjective Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing
  • noun a distinguishable feature of a person or thing
  • noun mathematics the integer part of a logarithm
  • noun nautical the distinguishing features of a navigational light on a lighthouse etc by which it can be identified (colour, pattern of flashes etc)
  • noun 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
  • noun a prominent attribute or aspect of something
  • noun a distinguishing quality
  • noun the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2
  • adjective typical or distinctive


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek χαρακτηριστικός (kharaktēristikos), from χαρακτηρίζω (kharaktērizō, "to designate by a characteristic mark"), from χαρακτήρ (kharaktēr, "a mark, character").


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