Meaning of CHARACTERISTIC in English


adj. & n.

adj. typical, distinctive (with characteristic expertise).

n. 1 a characteristic feature or quality. 2 Math. the whole number or integral part of a logarithm. characteristic curve a graph showing the relationship between two variable but interdependent quantities. characteristic radiation radiation the wavelengths of which are peculiar to the element which emits them. characteristically adv.

[ F caractéristique or med.L characterizare f. Gk kharakterizo ]

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