characteristic has definitions from the fields of mathematics,electronics
[ adjective ] typical or distinctive


"heard my friend's characteristic laugh" "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn" "stripes characteristic of the zebra"

Used in print

(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)

Owing to the restrained usages characteristic of 19_th century America , these letters usually were stereotyped and revealed little depth of feeling .

(James Bryant Conant, Slums and Suburbs...)

Therefore employment and education in all the schools in a metropolitan area are related in different ways from those which are characteristic of the comprehensive high_school described in my first report .

(Tom F. Driver, "Beckett by the Madeleine,"...)

Is it not characteristic of the greatest art that it confronts us with something we cannot clarify , demanding that the viewer respond to it in his own never predictable way ?

(John F. Hayward, "Mimesis and Symbol in the Arts"...)

Mimesis is the nearest possible thing to the actual re-living of experience , in which the imagining person recovers through images something of the force and depth characteristic of experience itself .

(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)

Again , Henley 's attitude of defiance which colors his ideal of self mastery is far from characteristic of a Stoic thinker like Marcus_Aurelius , whose gentle acquiescence is almost Christian , comparable_to the patience expressed in Milton 's sonnet on his own blindness .

[ noun ] a prominent aspect of something




: "the map showed roads and other features" "generosity is one of his best characteristics"

Used in print

(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)

He has given only the one pass in his 27 innings , an unusual characteristic for a southpaw .

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

This is a characteristic of good stereo recording and one of its tremendous advantages over monaural sound .

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

When sufficiently accurate and complete measurements are available , it will be possible to set limits on the thermal and electrical characteristics of the surface and subsurface materials of the moon .

Observations of the radio_emission of a planet which has an extensive atmosphere will probe the atmosphere to_a_greater_extent than those using shorter wave_lengths and should in some cases give otherwise unobtainable information about the characteristics of the solid surface .

The observable characteristics of planetary radio_radiation are the intensity , the polarization , and the direction of arrival of the waves .

[ noun ] a distinguishing quality

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

One characteristic of the spirit in community is its givenness .

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

In their vases were embodied the basic aesthetic and logical characteristics of Greek civilization , at_first hesitantly in Protogeometric work , and_then more confidently in the initial stages of the Geometric style .

[ noun ] (electronics) any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions

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

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