Meaning of CHARACTERISTIC
|Pronunciation: || ||`kariktu'ristik|
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- [n] a distinguishing quality
- [n] (electronics) any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
- [n] a prominent aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
- [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; "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"
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| ||Synonyms:|| ||device characteristic, diagnostic, distinctive, distinguishing, feature, identifying(a), peculiar(a), symptomatic, symptomatic of(p), typical|
| ||Antonyms:|| ||uncharacteristic, uncharacteristic of|
| ||See Also:|| ||aspect, aspect, attraction, attractive feature, attractor, attribute, badge, compatibility, curability, curableness, dangerousness, dimension, directness, distinctive feature, earmark, excellence, external, facet, hallmark, incompatibility, incurability, incurableness, indirectness, integer, nature, passport, peculiarity, point, property, property, quality, recommendation, safeness, safety feature, sex character, sex characteristic, spot, straightness, streak, stylemark, trademark, whole number|
|Webster's 1913 Dictionary|
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\Char`ac*ter*is"tic\, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F.
Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character;
showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of
a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.
Characteristic clearness of temper. --Macaulay.
1. A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element
of character; that which characterized. --Pope.
The characteristics of a true critic. --Johnson.
2. (Math.) The integral part (whether positive or negative)
of a logarithm.
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