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characteristic at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


characteristic at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W2S3 n [C usually plural] a quality or feature of something or someone that is typical of them and easy to recognize// characteristic of// --a baby discovering the physical characteristics of objects// defining/distinguishing characteristic (=one that separates someone or something from others of the same type) // --Violent images are a defining characteristic of his work.//
characteristic 2 adj very typical of a particular thing or of someone's character// --the highly characteristic (=very typical) flint walls of the local houses// characteristic of// --the qualities that were characteristic of the Nixon administration// -- characteristically/-kli/ adv //

characteristic at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

194 Moby Thesaurus words for "characteristic":
affection, affective, appropriate, aroma, attribute, automatism,
bad habit, badge, banner, birthmark, body-build, brand, cachet,
cast, categorical, character, characteristics, characterizing,
classificational, classificatory, compare, complexion, composition,
configuration, constituents, constitution, constitutional,
contrastive, crasis, creature of habit, custom, cut, defining,
denominative, device, dharma, diacritical, diagnostic, diathesis,
differencing, differentia, differential, differentiative,
discriminating, discriminative, disposition, dispositional,
distinctive, distinctive feature, distinguished, distinguishing,
divisional, divisionary, earmark, emblematic, emotional, especial,
ethos, exemplary, feature, fiber, figure, flavor, force of habit,
frame, genius, grain, gust, habit, habit pattern, habitude,
hallmark, hue, humor, humors, idiocrasy, idiocratic, idiosyncrasy,
idiosyncratic, ilk, image, impress, impression, in character,
index, indicant, indicator, individual, individualism,
individualizing, individuating, innate, insignia, intellectual,
intrinsic, keynote, kind, lineaments, makeup, mannerism, mark,
marked, marking, measure, mental, mold, natural, naturalistic,
nature, normal, note, odor, ordinal, particular, particularity,
pattern, peculiar, peculiarity, personalizing, physique, picture,
point, practice, praxis, proper, property, quality, quintessential,
quirk, realistic, regular, representation, representative, sample,
savor, seal, second nature, separative, shape, sigil, sign, signal,
signature, single, singular, singularity, smack, somatotype, sort,
special, specialty, specific, spirit, spiritual, stamp, stereotype,
stereotyped behavior, streak, stripe, subdivisional, suchness,
sure sign, symbolic, symptom, symptomatic, system, taint, tang,
taste, taxonomic, telltale sign, temper, temperament,
temperamental, tendency, tenor, token, tone, trait, trick,
true to form, true to type, typal, type, typic, typical, unique,
usage, use, usual, vein, virtue, way, wont

characteristic at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

adjective, noun
adjective ~ (of sth/sb) very typical of sth or of sb's character:
She spoke with characteristic enthusiasm.
characteristically adverb:
Characteristically, Helen paid for everyone.
noun ~ (of sth/sb) a typical feature or quality that sth/sb has:
The need to communicate is a key characteristic of human society. * The two groups of children have quite different characteristics. * Personal characteristics, such as age, sex and marital status are taken into account. * genetic characteristics

Characteristic at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Characteristic \Char`ac*ter*is"tic\, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F.
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. --Macaulay.

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. --Johnson.

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

characteristic at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

3. A table for facilitating reference to topics, names, and
the like, in a book; -- usually alphabetical in
arrangement, and printed at the end of the volume.

4. A prologue indicating what follows. [Obs.] --Shak.

5. (Anat.) The second digit, that next pollex, in the manus,
or hand; the forefinger; index finger.

6. (Math.) The figure or letter which shows the power or root
of a quantity; the exponent. [In this sense the plural is
always {indices}.]

{Index error}, the error in the reading of a mathematical
instrument arising from the zero of the index not being in
complete adjustment with that of the limb, or with its
theoretically perfect position in the instrument; a
correction to be applied to the instrument readings equal
to the error of the zero adjustment.

{Index expurgatorius}. [L.] See {Index prohibitorius}

{Index finger}. See {Index}, 5.

{Index glass}, the mirror on the index of a quadrant,
sextant, etc.

{Index hand}, the pointer or hand of a clock, watch, or other
registering machine; a hand that points to something.

{Index of a logarithm} (Math.), the integral part of the
logarithm, and always one less than the number of integral
figures in the given number. It is also called the

{Index of refraction}, or {Refractive index} (Opt.), the
number which expresses the ratio of the sine of the angle
of incidence to the sine of the angle of refraction. Thus
the index of refraction for sulphur is 2, because, when
light passes out of air into sulphur, the sine of the
angle of incidence is double the sine of the angle of

{Index plate}, a graduated circular plate, or one with
circular rows of holes differently spaced; used in
machines for graduating circles, cutting gear teeth, etc.

{Index prohibitorius} [L.], or {Prohibitory index} (R. C.
Ch.), a catalogue of books which are forbidden by the
church to be read; the index expurgatorius [L.], or
expurgatory index, is a catalogue of books from which
passages marked as against faith or morals must be removed
before Catholics can read them. These catalogues are
published with additions, from time to time, by the
Congregation of the Index, composed of cardinals,
theologians, etc., under the sanction of the pope. --Hook.

{Index rerum} [L.], a tabulated and alphabetized notebook,
for systematic preservation of items, quotations, etc.

characteristic at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

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}]

n 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}]

characteristic at English (WD) Of Explained:

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From Inter: etyl » grc Inter: term » χαρακτηριστικός|tr=kharaktēristikos|lang=grc, from Inter: term » χαρακτηρίζω||to designate by a characteristic mark|tr=kharaktērizō|lang=grc, from Inter: term » χαρακτήρ||a mark, character|tr=kharaktēr|lang=grc.


* Inter: IPA » /ˌkæɹəktəˈɹɪstɪk/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /%k{r\kt@"r\IstIk/
  • Inter: audio » En-us-characteristic.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-ad » j

  • being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing


    * distinctive
  • exclusive
  • idiosyncratic
  • indicative
  • representative
  • signature
  • specific
  • typical


    * uncharacteristic
  • untypical

    Derived terms

    * characteristic function
  • characteristicness


    Inter: trans-top » being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing
  • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|carauterísticu
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|характерен, Inter: t+ » bg|отличителен
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|característic
  • Chinese: 特有 的, tèyǒu de
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|charakteristický|m
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|kenmerkend, Inter: t+ » nl|karakteristiek, Inter: t+ » nl|idiosyncratisch
  • Esperanto: Inter: t+ » eo|karakteriza
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|ominainen, Inter: t- » fi|luonteenomainen, Inter: t+ » fi|tunnusomainen
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|caractéristique
  • Galician: Inter: t- » gl|característico
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|დამახასიათებელი|sc=Geor

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|charakteristisch, Inter: t+ » de|bezeichnend, Inter: t- » de|kennzeichnend, Inter: t+ » de|typisch
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|χαρακτηριστικός|m|tr=charaktiristikós|sc=Grek
    • Interlingua: Inter: t- » ia|characteristic
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|aitreabúid|f
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|caratteristica
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|charakterystyczny|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|característico
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|caracteristic
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|osobina|f, Inter: t- » sh|značajka|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|característico
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|karakteristisk, Inter: t+ » sv|kännetecknande

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • a distinguishable feature of a person or thing
    1. Inter: mathematic » s the integer part of a logarithm
    2. Inter: nautica » l the distinguishing features of a navigational light on a lighthouse etc by which it can be identified (colour, pattern of flashes etc)
    3. Inter: algebra » field theory The minimum number of times that the unit of a field must be added unto itself in order to yield that field's zero, or, if that minimum natural number does not exist, then (the integer) zero.
    4. : A field's characteristic, if non-trivial, must be prime, otherwise the field would not be an integral domain, which fields must be. For example, if a field's characteristic were six, then (1+1)+(1+1)+(1+1) = 0; if 1+1 were labeled A and 1+1+1 were labeled B, then A + A + A = 0, A (1 + 1 + 1) = 0 by distributivity; A B = 0, and the field could not be an integral domain.


      * attribute

  • idiosyncrasy
  • mannerism
  • quality
  • tendency
  • trademark
  • trait
  • See also Category: Wikisaurus:characteristic -

    Derived terms

    * defining characteristic

    Related terms

    * characteristically

    See also

    * mantissa


    Inter: trans-top » distinguishing feature
  • Albanian: Inter: t- » sq|karakteristikë|f
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|صفة|f|tr=ṣíffa
  • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|carauterística|f
  • Bengali: Inter: t- » bn|বৈশিষ্ট্য|tr=boishishţţô|sc=Beng
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|отличителна черта
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|característica|f
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|特性|tr=tèxìng|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|特質|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|特质|tr=tèzhì|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|charakteristika|f, Inter: t+ » cs|vlastnost|f
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|karakteristik|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|trekje|n, Inter: t+ » nl|karakteristiek|f
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|karakterizilo
  • Extremaduran: Inter: tø » ext|caraiterística|f
  • Finnish: tuntomerkki, erityispiirre, Inter: t+ » fi|tunnusmerkki

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Galician: Inter: t+ » gl|característica|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Merkmal|n, Inter: t+ » de|Eigenschaft|f, Inter: t+ » de|Charakteristik|f, Inter: t+ » de|Eigenart|f
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|χαρακτηριστικό|n|tr=charaktiristikó|sc=Grek
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|caratteristica
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|特性|tr=とくせい, tokusei|sc=Jpan
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|cecha|f
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|característica|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|caracteristică
    • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|характерная черта|f|tr=xaraktérnaja čertá|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » ru|отличительная черта|f|tr=otličítel’naja čertá|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|черта|f|tr=čertá|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|особенность|f|tr=osóbennost’|sc=Cyrl
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|característica|f
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|karakteristikum|n, Inter: qualifier » characteristics Inter: t+ » sv|karakteristik|c

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » integer part of a logarithm
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|característica|f
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|karakteristika

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t- » de|Kennwert|n, Inter: t- » de|Kenngröße|f, Inter: t+ » de|Charakteristik|f
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|característica|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » distinguishing features of a navigational light
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Merkmal|n, Inter: t+ » de|Eigenschaft|f, Inter: t+ » de|Charakteristik|f, Inter: t+ » de|Eigenart|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » fr: caractéristique {{f}}
    • Inter: ttbc » io: karakteristiko
    • Inter: ttbc » ia: characteristica
    • Inter: ttbc » es: característica {{f}}

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    External links

    * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
  • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1

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