Meaning of CHARACTERISTIC in English

adj. & n.

--adj. typical, distinctive (with characteristic expertise).


1. a characteristic feature or quality.

2 Math. the whole number or integral part of a logarithm.

Phrases and idioms:

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.

Etymology: F caract{eacute}ristique or med.L characterizare f. Gk kharakterizo

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.