- 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 characteristically
There were the bevvy of performances promoting Beyoncé, too, which were characteristically spectacular.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year|Kevin Fallon|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As he walked briskly into the Situation Room last Wednesday, he characteristically wasted little time on small talk.Obama’s Defining Fight: How He Will Take On the NSA’s Surveillance State in 2014|Daniel Klaidman|December 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
President Obama has been characteristically eloquent in his reasoning.To Be or Not To Be…A Loser: Boehner’s Hamlet Moment|Joe McLean|October 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Bernanke had words for these folks, too, though they were characteristically indirect.Stock Market Soars on Fed’s Bond-Buying Announcement|Daniel Gross|September 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Berg, characteristically, refrains from offering anything resembling a definitive conclusion.A Noble Failure: Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency Considered|Michael Kazin|September 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
At station C-5, N. camurus was characteristically found in an area of shallow pools and riffles.Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas|Artie L. Metcalf
John Cooper was not characteristically a seer of visions or a dreamer of dreams.Peter Cooper|Rossiter W. Raymond
Unable to locate the bell-push in the dark, he had characteristically attacked the sole illuminated window.The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories|Arnold Bennett
But behind both of these is the characteristically vital power of enregistering within the organism the lessons of the past.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)|J. Arthur Thomson
However, she started in at it, characteristically, headlong.John Ames, Native Commissioner|Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for characteristically
- 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