characteristic polynomial

noun Mathematics.

an expression obtained from a given matrix by taking the determinant of the difference between the matrix and an arbitrary variable times the identity matrix.

Nearby words

  1. characterise,
  2. characteristic,
  3. characteristic curve,
  4. characteristic equation,
  5. characteristic function,
  6. characteristic root,
  7. characteristic vector,
  8. characteristic velocity,
  9. characteristic x-ray,
  10. characterization

Origin of characteristic polynomial

First recorded in 1955–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019