- 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
Examples from the Web for uncharacteristic
In this case, a new and uncharacteristic American risk-aversion has been crippling.
At lunchtime, she sits at a table with four boys and enjoys an uncharacteristic (for a model) meal of pizza and cookies.
The Middle East was the source of an uncharacteristic vibe at Davos: fatalism.Political Tensions Takes Center Stage at World Economic Forum|Daniel Gross|January 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In launching Operation Pillar of Defence, Netanyahu is taking an uncharacteristic gamble—albeit a calculated risk.
Nonetheless, the fresh start seems to have imbued Farrell with uncharacteristic humility.Colin Farrell Eyes Return to Hollywood A-List With ‘Total Recall’ Reboot|Chris Lee|August 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was as startling as it was uncharacteristic, and the first exhibition of club-fright witnessed by any of the company.Selina|George Madden Martin
The flowing grace of the "Menuet Italien" makes it an uncharacteristic but charming work.Contemporary American Composers|Rupert Hughes
He was a very ignorant man, but his attitude was not uncharacteristic of much wiser men than he.A Woman's Impression of the Philippines|Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
Or they do things which they afterwards condemn as irrelevant or uncharacteristic and out of harmony.George Borrow|Edward Thomas
The plan seemed to the young man so feeble and remote, so uncharacteristic and tame, as to indicate a certain indifference in her.Angela's Business|Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for uncharacteristic (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for uncharacteristic (2 of 2)
- 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