- 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.
Origin of characteristic
synonym study for characteristic
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How to use characteristic in a sentence
A popular origin cannot therefore be the characteristical distinction of a popular representative.Thoughts on the Present Discontents|Edmund Burke
A rude, but characteristical wood-cut portrait of Bunyan is indented in the margin of this title-page.Chronicles of London Bridge|Richard Thompson
Amidst the melancholy clouds which hung over the dying Johnson, his characteristical manner shewed itself on different occasions.Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)|Boswell
But it is the art of Boswell to select 'the characteristical,' and the typical, to group and to dramatize.James Boswell|William Keith Leask
As Hailes remarks, the letter 'exhibits a characteristical portrait of fortitude and credulity.'Sir William Wallace|A. F. Murison
British Dictionary definitions for characteristic
- 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