- 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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Examples from the Web for characteristical
As Hailes remarks, the letter 'exhibits a characteristical portrait of fortitude and credulity.'Sir William Wallace|A. F. Murison
Of this I informed my illustrious friend, in characteristical warm terms, in a letter dated the 30th of September, from Leeds.Life of Johnson|James Boswell
A popular origin cannot therefore be the characteristical distinction of a popular representative.Thoughts on the Present Discontents|Edmund Burke
That delicacy of diction is characteristical of a man of fashion and good company.The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son|The Earl of Chesterfield
Nor is the book devoid of notices of many other circumstances which were characteristical of the time.Diary of John Manningham|John Manningham
British Dictionary definitions for characteristical
- 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