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  • v. Alternative spelling of characterize.

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

  • v. describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
  • v. be characteristic of


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  • Foreign Policy, Walter Russell Mead coined a phrase to characterise what he suggested was hampering President Obama's presidency: the Carter Syndrome.

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  • His numerous and amusing errors are such as characterise the fanaticism that would refute

    The Sceptics of the Old Testament: Job - Koheleth - Agur

  • However the exaltedness of some minds (or rather as I shrewdly suspect their insipidity and want of feeling or observation) may make them insensible to these light things, (I mean such as characterise and paint nature) yet surely they are as weighty and much more useful than your grave discourses upon the mind, the passions, and what not.”


  • Our study explores the nature of software quality in the context of climate modelling: How do we characterise and assess the quality of climate modelling software?

    Three posters at the AGU meeting | Serendipity

  • As a result of our analysis, we characterise common defect types found in climate model software and we identify the software quality factors that are relevant for climate scientists.

    Three posters at the AGU meeting | Serendipity

  • ‘Classified’: artists, like everyone else, enjoy messing around with the taxonomic systems of organisation that characterise post-Enlightenment knowledge.

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  • What does characterise many African/Caribbean students is that they are mainly from working-class backgrounds.

    Letters: Oxford access is coloured by class

  • Smart meters and grids are a technological great leap forward that will consign many of the inefficiencies that characterise our current utility systems to the history books.


  • The general thrust of Appleyard's output is to characterise science as providing a threat to human well-being, with the ulterior motive of promoting, as the remedy, a religious worldview.

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  • Confusion on both sides, the gap between the generations, and the mixture of elation, anxiety and now fear which characterise Egypt mean that Omar Suleiman was right to speak of the need for a road map, but the correct one is not the regime-friendly path he was pushing last night as he called for the protesters to leave the streets and return to work.

    Egypt: The army's fateful choice | Editorial


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