characteristic

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[Char`ac*ter*is┬Ětic]

The integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.

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Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.

Noun
a distinguishing quality

Noun
any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions

Noun
a prominent aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"

Noun
the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2

Adjective
typical or distinctive; "heard my friend''s characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"

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a.
Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.

n.
A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized.

n.
The integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.


Characteristic

Char`ac*ter*is"tic , a. [Gr. : cf. F. charact'82ristique.] Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.
Characteristic clearness of temper.

Characteristic

Char`ac*ter*is"tic, n. 1. A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized. Pope.
The characteristics of a true critic.
2. (Math.) The integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.

Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.

A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized.

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Usage Examples

The attitude of insolent haughtiness is characteristic of the relationships Americans form with what is alien to them, with others.

The characteristic political attitude of today is not one of positive belief, but of despair.

I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory.

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.

The most characteristic mark of a great mind is to choose some one important object, and pursue it for life.

I seem to be thinking rationally again in the style that is characteristic of scientists. However, this is not entirely a matter of joy as if someone returned from physical disability to good physical health.

If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.

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Other Usage Examples

It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.

Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.

On the contrary, the characteristic element of the present situation is that economic questions have finally and irrevocably invaded the domain of public life and politics.

I am positive that flexibility is a feminine characteristic.

It is characteristic of science that the full explanations are often seized in their essence by the percipient scientist long in advance of any possible proof.

Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.

Industrialization based on machinery, already referred to as a characteristic of our age, is but one aspect of the revolution that is being wrought by technology.

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

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