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Definitions of characteristic

  1. a distinguishing quality Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A distinguishing mark or quality. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A distinctive feature; peculiarity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. That which constitutes the character; that which distinguishes one person or thing from another. The characteristic of a logarithm. Its index or exponent. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. That which distinguishes a person or thing from another. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Characteristically. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. Typical; pertaining to, or displaying, the moral nature of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Charactoristically. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Constituting character. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. That which marks the character. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. That characterizes; distinguishing; specific. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Constituting or exhibiting peculiar qualities. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. Applied to the principal letter of a word, retained in all its derivatives and compounds, or nearly all. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for characteristic

  1. His answer to the accusation was characteristic and conclusive. – Reviews by Oscar Wilde
  2. To this characteristic of the old times may be added another. – Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I. by Gustav Freytag
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