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Dictionary Definition

characteristic adj : typical or distinctive; "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra" [ant: uncharacteristic]


1 a prominent aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics" [syn: feature]
2 a distinguishing quality
3 the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2
4 any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions [syn: device characteristic]

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  1. being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing


being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing


  1. a distinguishable feature of a person or thing
  2. the integer part of a logarithm
  3. the distinguishing features of a navigational light on a lighthouse etc by which it can be identified (colour, pattern of flashes etc)

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distinguishing feature
integer part of a logarithm
  • Finnish: karakteristika
  • German: Kennwert, Kenngröße, Charakteristik
  • Portuguese: característica
distinguishing features of a navigational light
  • German: Merkmal, Eigenschaft, Charakteristik, Eigenart

Extensive Definition

Characteristic has several meanings:
characteristic in German: Charakteristik (Begriffsklärung)
characteristic in Spanish: Característica
characteristic in French: Caractéristique
characteristic in Simple English: Characteristic
characteristic in Ido: Karakterizo
characteristic in Dutch: Karakteristieke functie
characteristic in Slovak: Charakteristika

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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