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CHARACTERISTIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does characteristic mean? 

CHARACTERISTIC (noun)
  The noun CHARACTERISTIC has 4 senses:

1. a prominent aspect of something
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

  Familiarity information: CHARACTERISTIC used as a noun is uncommon.


CHARACTERISTIC (adjective)
  The adjective CHARACTERISTIC has 1 sense:

1. typical or distinctive

  Familiarity information: CHARACTERISTIC used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CHARACTERISTIC (noun)


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Meaning:

A prominent aspect of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

characteristic; feature

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("characteristic" is a kind of...):

attribute; dimension; property (a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "characteristic"):

distinctive feature; distinguishing characteristic; peculiarity (an odd or unusual characteristic)

external (outward features)

excellence; excellency (an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels)

contour (a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure)

centerpiece; centrepiece (the central or most important feature)

badge (any feature that is regarded as a sign of status (a particular power or quality or rank))

attracter; attraction; attractive feature; attractor; magnet (a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts)

aspect; facet (a distinct feature or element in a problem)

invariant (a feature (quantity or property or function) that remains unchanged when a particular transformation is applied to it)

sex character; sex characteristic; sexual characteristic (those characteristics (both anatomical and psychological) that are strongly associated with one sex relative to the other)

safety feature (feature of an artifact that is added to insure a user's safety)


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Meaning:

A distinguishing quality

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("characteristic" is a kind of...):

quality (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "characteristic"):

passport; recommendation (any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission)

streak (a distinctive characteristic)

ruralism; rurality (a rural characteristic or trait)

robustness (the characteristic of being strong enough to withstand intellectual challenge)

indirectness (having the characteristic of lacking a true course toward a goal)

directness; straightness (trueness of course toward a goal)

incurability; incurableness (incapability of being cured or healed)

curability; curableness (capability of being cured or healed)

dangerousness (the quality of not being safe)

safeness (the quality of being safe)

compatibility (capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination)

incompatibility (the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination)

point; spot (an outstanding characteristic)

point (a distinguishing or individuating characteristic)

earmark; hallmark; stylemark; trademark (a distinctive characteristic or attribute)

aspect (a characteristic to be considered)

Holonyms ("characteristic" is a part of...):

nature (the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("characteristic" is a kind of...):

integer; whole number (any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero)


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Meaning:

Any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

device characteristic; characteristic

Hypernyms ("characteristic" is a kind of...):

property (a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class)

Domain category:

electronics (the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices)


CHARACTERISTIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Typical or distinctive

Context examples:

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

Similar:

peculiar (characteristic of one only; distinctive or special)

distinguishing; identifying (serving to distinguish or identify a species or group)

distinctive; typical (of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing)

diagnostic; symptomatic (characteristic or indicative of e.g. a disease)

Also:

typical (exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category)

Antonym:

uncharacteristic (distinctive and not typical)


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