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.
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.
- char·ac·ter·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- non·char·ac·ter·is·tic, adjective
- non·char·ac·ter·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- qua·si-char·ac·ter·is·tic, adjective
- qua·si-char·ac·ter·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- un·char·ac·ter·is·tic, adjective
- un·char·ac·ter·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use characteristic in a sentence
The residue on the lower disc, if examined before carbonisation, is fawn-coloured with non-characteristic spots.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection | Alexander Wynter Blyth
British Dictionary definitions for characteristic
a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait
the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated number: the 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
- characteristically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for characteristic
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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