character Idioms & Phrases


alphabetic character

  • noun the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech
    letter of the alphabet; letter.
    • his grandmother taught him his letters
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alphanumeric characters

  • noun a character set that includes letters and digits and punctuation
    alphanumerics.
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Arrowheaded characters

  • characters the elements of which consist of strokes resembling arrowheads, nailheads, or wedges; hence called also nail-headed, wedge-formed, cuneiform, or cuneatic characters; the oldest written characters used in the country about the Tigris and Euphrates, and subsequently in Persia, and abounding among the ruins of Persepolis, Nineveh, and Babylon. See Cuneiform.
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ascii character

  • noun any member of the standard code for representing characters by binary numbers
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ascii character set

  • noun (computer science) 128 characters that make up the ASCII coding scheme
    • the ASCII character set is the most universal character coding set
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ascii control character

  • noun ASCII characters to indicate carriage return or tab or backspace; typed by depressing a key and the control key at the same time
    ASCII control character.
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backspace character

  • noun a control character that indicates moving a space to the left
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cast of characters

  • noun the actors in a play
    cast; dramatis personae.
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character actor

  • noun an actor who specializes in playing supporting roles
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character assassination

  • noun an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
    assassination; blackwash.
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character printer

  • noun a printer that prints a single character at a time
    serial printer; character printer.
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character reference

  • noun a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
    character; reference.
    • requests for character references are all too often answered evasively
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character set

  • noun an ordered list of characters that are used together in writing or printing
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character witness

  • noun a witness who testifies under oath as to the good reputation of another person in the community where that person lives
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character-at-a-time printer

  • noun a printer that prints a single character at a time
    serial printer; character printer.
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check character

  • noun a character that is added to the end of a block of transmitted data and used to check the accuracy of the transmission
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control character

  • noun ASCII characters to indicate carriage return or tab or backspace; typed by depressing a key and the control key at the same time
    ASCII control character.
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Demotic alphabetcharacter

  • a form of writing used in Egypt after six or seven centuries before Christ, for books, deeds, and other such writings; a simplified form of the hieratic character; called also epistolographic character, and enchorial character. See Enchorial.
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Epistolographic charactermode of writing

  • the same as Demotic character. See under Demotic.
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Essential character

  • (Biol.), the prominent characteristics which serve to distinguish one genus, species, etc., from another.
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fictional character

  • noun an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)
    fictional character; character.
    • she is the main character in the novel
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fictitious character

  • noun an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)
    fictional character; character.
    • she is the main character in the novel
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Hieratic character

  • a mode of ancient Egyptian writing; a modified form of hieroglyphics, tending toward a cursive hand and formerly supposed to be the sacerdotal character, as the demotic was supposed to be that of the people.
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Nail-headed characters

  • arrowheaded or cuneiform characters. See under Arrowheaded.
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Out of character

  • unbecoming; improper.
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primary sex character

  • noun the genetically determined sex characteristics bound up with reproduction (genitals and organs of reproduction)
    primary sex characteristic; primary sexual characteristic.
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secondary sex character

  • noun the genetically determined sex characteristics that are not functionally necessary for reproduction (pitch of the voice and body hair and musculature)
    secondary sex characteristic; secondary sexual characteristic.
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sex character

  • noun those characteristics (both anatomical and psychological) that are strongly associated with one sex relative to the other
    sex characteristic; sexual characteristic.
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Specific character

  • (Nat. Hist.), a characteristic or characteristics distinguishing one species from every other species of the same genus.
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Such likecharacter

  • of the like kind.
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unit character

  • noun (genetics) a character inherited on an all-or-none basis and dependent on the presence of a single gene
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Wedge-formed characters

  • . See Arrow-headed characters, under Arrowheaded.
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