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char·ac·ter·is·tic

 (kăr′ək-tə-rĭs′tĭk)
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.
1. A feature that helps to identify, tell apart, or describe recognizably; a distinguishing mark or trait.
2. Mathematics The integral part of a logarithm as distinguished from the mantissa: The characteristic of the logarithm 6.3214 is 6.
3. 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.

char′ac·ter·is′ti·cal·ly adv.

characteristic

(ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk)
n
1. a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait
2. (Mathematics) maths
a. the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated number: the characteristic of 2.4771 is 2. Compare mantissa
b. another name for exponent, used esp in number representation in computing
adj
indicative of a distinctive quality, etc; typical
ˌcharacterˈistically adv

char•ac•ter•is•tic

(ˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪk)

adj.
1. indicating the character or distinctive quality of a person or thing; typical.
n.
2. a distinguishing feature or quality.
3.
a. the integral part of a common logarithm.
b. the exponent of 10 in a number expressed in scientific notation.
[1655–65; < Greek]
char`ac•ter•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.
syn: See feature.

char·ac·ter·is·tic

(kăr′ək-tə-rĭs′tĭk)
Mathematics
The part of a logarithm to the base ten that is to the left of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, 2 is the characteristic. Compare mantissa.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.characteristic - a prominent attribute or aspect of somethingcharacteristic - a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
sex character, sex characteristic, sexual characteristic - those characteristics (both anatomical and psychological) that are strongly associated with one sex relative to the other
attribute, dimension, property - a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing property"
invariant - a feature (quantity or property or function) that remains unchanged when a particular transformation is applied to it
aspect, facet - a distinct feature or element in a problem; "he studied every facet of the question"
attractive feature, magnet, attractor, attracter, attraction - a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; "flowers are an attractor for bees"
badge - any feature that is regarded as a sign of status (a particular power or quality or rank); "wearing a tie was regarded as a badge of respectability"
centerpiece, centrepiece - the central or most important feature; "education was the centerpiece of the Democratic Party's political platform"
contour - a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure; "the contours of the melody"; "it defines a major contour of this administration"
excellence, excellency - an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels; "a center of manufacturing excellence"; "the use of herbs is one of the excellencies of French cuisine"
external - outward features; "he enjoyed the solemn externals of religion"
safety feature - feature of an artifact that is added to insure a user's safety
2.characteristic - a distinguishing quality
passport, recommendation - any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission; "her pleasant personality is already a recommendation"; "his wealth was not a passport into the exclusive circles of society"
compatibility - capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination
incompatibility - the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
nature - the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized; "it is the nature of fire to burn"; "the true nature of jealousy"
spot, point - an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"
point - a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
hallmark, stylemark, trademark, earmark - a distinctive characteristic or attribute
saving grace - a redeeming quality or characteristic; "her love of music remains her one saving grace"; "her sense of humor has to be a saving grace"; "the saving grace for both developments is that they are creating jobs"
aspect - a characteristic to be considered
safeness - the quality of being safe
dangerousness - the quality of not being safe
curability, curableness - capability of being cured or healed
incurability, incurableness - incapability of being cured or healed
directness, straightness - trueness of course toward a goal; "rivaling a hawk in directness of aim"
indirectness - having the characteristic of lacking a true course toward a goal
robustness - the characteristic of being strong enough to withstand intellectual challenge; "the lack of robustness in the findings may be due to the small size of the sample"
rurality, ruralism - a rural characteristic or trait; "a place with the rurality of a turnip field"
streak - a distinctive characteristic; "he has a stubborn streak"; "a streak of wildness"
3.characteristic - the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2
integer, whole number - any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero; "an integer is a number that is not a fraction"
4.characteristic - any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
electronics - the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices
Adj.1.characteristic - typical or distinctive; "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"
typical - exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category; "a typical American girl"; "a typical suburban community"; "the typical car owner drives 10,000 miles a year"; "a painting typical of the Impressionist school"; "a typical romantic poem"; "a typical case of arteritis"
uncharacteristic - distinctive and not typical; "a book uncharacteristic of its author"

characteristic

noun
1. feature, mark, quality, property, attribute, faculty, trait, quirk, peculiarity, idiosyncrasy Genes determine the characteristics of every living thing.

characteristic

adjective
Serving to identify or set apart an individual or group:
noun
Translations
سِمَةصفةمُمَيِّزميزَه، صِفَةٌ مُمَيِّزه
charakteristickýcharakteristický rystypickývlastnost
karaktertrækkarakteristikkarakteristisk
karakteristikaluonteenomainenpiirretunnusomainen
karakteristika
ismertetõjel
einkennandi, dæmigerîureinkenni
特徴
특성
charakteristická črta
značilenznačilnost
osobinaznačajka
egenskapkarakteristikkarakteristisk
คุณลักษณะ
đặc trưng

characteristic

[ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk]
A. ADJcaracterístico (of de)
B. Ncaracterística f

characteristic

[ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk]
adj (= individual) → caractéristique f
characteristic of → caractéristique de
n (= trait) → caractéristique f

characteristic

adjcharakteristisch, typisch (of für)
n(typisches) Merkmal, Charakteristikum nt; (Math) → Charakteristik f, → Kennziffer f; one of the main characteristics of his style is …besonders charakteristisch für seinen Stil ist …, eines der Hauptmerkmale seines Stils ist …; he has all the characteristics of the true aristocrater hat alle Züge des echten Aristokraten

characteristic

[ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk]
1. adjcaratteristico/a, tipico/a
characteristic of → tipico/a di
with (his) characteristic enthusiasm → con l'entusiasmo che lo caratterizza

character

(ˈkӕrəktə) noun
1. the set of qualities that make someone or something different from others; type. You can tell a man's character from his handwriting; Publicity of this character is not good for the firm.
2. a set of qualities that are considered admirable in some way. He showed great character in dealing with the danger.
3. reputation. They tried to damage his character.
4. a person in a play, novel etc. Rosencrantz is a minor character in Shakespeare's `Hamlet'.
5. an odd or amusing person. This fellow's quite a character!
6. a letter used in typing etc. Some characters on this typewriter are broken.
ˌcharacterˈistic adjective
(negative uncharacteristic) typical (of a person etc). He spoke with characteristic shyness; That kind of behaviour is characteristic of him.
noun
a typical quality. It is one of his characteristics to be obstinate.
ˌcharacteˈristically adverb
ˈcharacterize, ˈcharacterise verb
1. to be the obvious feature of. The giraffe is characterized by its long neck.
2. to describe (as). She characterized him as weak and indecisive.
ˌcharacteriˈzation, ˌcharacteriˈsation noun

characteristic

سِمَة charakteristický karaktertræk Charaktereigenschaft χαρακτηριστικό característica piirre caractéristique karakteristika caratteristica 特徴 특성 kenmerk kjennetegn cecha característica, caraterística особенность egenskap คุณลักษณะ özellik đặc trưng 特性

char·ac·ter·is·tic

n. característica, peculiaridad;
a. característico-a; peculiar;
it is a symptom ___ of this illnesses un síntoma ___ de esta enfermedad.

characteristic

adj característico; n característica, carácter m; secondary sex — carácter sexual secundario
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First they took out the soil to make bricks, and then they filled it up again with garbage, which seemed to Jurgis and Ona a felicitous arrangement, characteristic of an enterprising country like America.
To that natural magnanimity and generosity of mind which one often marks as characteristic of the women of Kentucky, she added high moral and religious sensibility and principle, carried out with great energy and ability into practical results.
It was a most gaudy and gorgeous crowd, as to cos- tumery, and very characteristic of the country and the time, in the way of high animal spirits, innocent inde- cencies of language, and happy-hearted indifference to morals.