Meaning of CHARACTERISTIC in English

CHARACTERISTIC

n.

Pronunciation: ˌ ker-ik-t ə - ' ris-tik, ˌ ka-rik-

Function: noun

Date: 1664

1 : a distinguishing trait, quality, or property

2 : the integral part of a common logarithm

3 : the smallest positive integer n which for an operation in a ring or field yields 0 when any element is used n times with the operation

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