# characteristic

[kar-ik-tuh-ris-tik]

- Also char·ac·ter·is·ti·cal. pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character or peculiar quality of a person or thing; typical; distinctive: Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn.

- a distinguishing feature or quality: Generosity is his chief characteristic.
- Mathematics.
- the integral part of a common logarithm.Compare 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.

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#### The residue on the lower disc, if examined before carbonisation, is fawn-coloured with non-characteristic spots.

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# characteristic

- a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait
- maths
- the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated numberthe characteristic of 2.4771 is 2 Compare mantissa
- another name for exponent, used esp in number representation in computing

- indicative of a distinctive quality, etc; typical

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# characteristic

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# characteristic

(kăr′ək-tə-rĭs′tĭk)

- A distinguishing feature or attribute; character.
- A structure or function determined by a gene or genes; trait.

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# characteristic

[kăr′ək-tə-rĭs′tĭk]

- The part of a logarithm to the base 10 that is to the left of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, 2 is the characteristic. Compare mantissa.

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