WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
char•ac•ter•is•tic /ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- showing the character of a person or thing;
typical:It was characteristic of her not to take all the credit.
- a quality (of someone or something) that is typical or special:She had the high forehead that is a characteristic of that family.
(kar′ik tə ris′tik),USA pronunciation adj.
- Also, char′ac•ter•is′ti•cal. pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character or peculiar quality of a person or thing;
distinctive:Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn.
- a distinguishing feature or quality:Generosity is his chief characteristic.
- the integral part of a common logarithm. Cf. mantissa.
- the exponent of 10 in a number expressed in scientific notation.
- the smallest positive integer n such that each element of a given ring added to itself n times results in 0.
- Greek charaktēristikós. See character, -istic
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged special, peculiar.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged attribute, property, trait. See feature.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
characteristic /ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk/ n
- a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait
- the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated number: the characteristic of 2.4771 is 2
- another name for exponent, used esp in number representation in computing
- indicative of a distinctive quality, etc; typical
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