Definition of characteristic in English:


Syllabification: char·ac·ter·is·tic
Pronunciation: /ˌkariktəˈristik



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  • 2 Mathematics The whole number or integral part of a logarithm, which gives the order of magnitude of the original number.
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    • His early work was on quadratic forms in fields, particularly fields of characteristic 2.
    • His habilitation of 1938 studied Lie rings of prime characteristic.



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  • Michelle arrives home slightly hung-over from the night before but still characteristically bright and chirpy.
  • He was characteristically gracious in his acceptance of the knighthood and spoke sincerely about being humbled by the award.
  • Juggling the demands of work and hockey is just another aspect which he deals with in a characteristically calm and rational manner.


mid 17th century: from French caractéristique or medieval Latin characteristicus, from Greek kharaktēristikos, from kharaktēr 'a stamping tool'.

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