characteristic Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a prominent attribute or aspect of something
- the map showed roads and other features
- generosity is one of his best characteristics
noun a distinguishing quality
noun the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2
noun any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
adjective typical or distinctive
- heard my friend's characteristic laugh
- red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn
- stripes characteristic of the zebra
EtymologyGr. : cf. F.
Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.
Characteristic clearness of temper. Macaulay.
A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized.Pope.
The characteristics of a true critic. Johnson.
(Math.) The integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.
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