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Noun: characteristic  ,ker-ik-tu'ris-tik [N. Amer], ,ka-rik-tu'ris-tik [Brit]
  1. A prominent attribute or aspect of something
    "generosity is one of his best characteristics";
    - feature
  2. A distinguishing quality; a feature that can be used to identify something
  3. The integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2
  4. (electronics) any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
    - device characteristic
Adjective: characteristic  ,ker-ik-tu'ris-tik [N. Amer], ,ka-rik-tu'ris-tik [Brit]
  1. Typical or distinctive
    "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colours of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"

Derived forms: characteristics

See also: diagnostic, distinctive, peculiar, symptomatic, typical

Type of: attribute, dimension, integer, property, quality, whole number

Antonym: uncharacteristic

Part of: nature

Encyclopedia: Characteristic