Meaning of CHARACTERISTIC in English

CHARACTERISTIC

— characteristically , adv.

/kar'ik teuh ris"tik/ , adj.

1. Also, characteristical . pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character or peculiar quality of a person or thing; typical; distinctive: Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn.

n.

2. a distinguishing feature or quality: Generosity is his chief characteristic.

3. Math.

a. the integral part of a common logarithm. Cf. mantissa .

b. the exponent of 10 in a number expressed in scientific notation.

c. the smallest positive integer n such that each element of a given ring added to itself n times results in 0.

[ 1655-65; charakteristikós. See CHARACTER, -ISTIC ]

Syn. 1. special, peculiar. 2. attribute, property, trait. See feature .

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