Definitions of characteristic

  1. typical or distinctive; " heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; " red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; " stripes characteristic of the zebra"
  2. a distinguishing quality
  3. ( electronics) any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
  4. a prominent aspect of something; " the map showed roads and other features"; " generosity is one of his best characteristics"
  5. the integer part ( positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2. 808 the characteristic is 2
  6. any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
  7. Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.
  8. A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized.
  9. The integral part ( whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.
  10. Typical; pertaining to, or displaying, the moral nature of.
  11. A distinguishing mark or quality.
  12. Characteristically.
  13. Charactoristically.
  14. Constituting character.
  15. That which marks the character.
  16. That characterizes; distinguishing; specific.
  17. A distinctive feature; peculiarity.
  18. Constituting or exhibiting peculiar qualities.
  19. That which constitutes the character; that which distinguishes one person or thing from another. The characteristic of a logarithm. Its index or exponent.
  20. That which distinguishes a person or thing from another.
  21. Applied to the principal letter of a word, retained in all its derivatives and compounds, or nearly all.

Usage examples for characteristic

  1. Once she had reached a decision, it was characteristic that she moved swiftly. – Riders of the Silences by Max Brand
  2. It was characteristic of Wetzel that he picked the chief, for he could have shot either the British officer or the renegade. – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  3. A leading characteristic of this type is, as we have stated already, the full, round back- head. – Analyzing Character by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  4. His answer to the accusation was characteristic and conclusive. – Reviews by Oscar Wilde
  5. The scene is characteristic. – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley
  6. It was characteristic of him. – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  7. The answer was a question, and was characteristic. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  8. Du Maurier lived a life that was for an artist characteristic. – George Du Maurier, the Satirist of the Victorians by T. Martin Wood
  9. Webster's looks and manner were characteristic. – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  10. The essential characteristic of religion must be the demand for a new world. – Rudolph Eucken by Abel J. Jones
  11. One more characteristic must be mentioned. – Lady-John-Russell by MacCarthy, Desmond
  12. To this characteristic of the old times may be added another. – Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I. by Gustav Freytag
  13. It was characteristic of the woman that she expressed only her own satisfaction at the relief she experienced, feeling not the smallest gratitude towards the physician. – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  14. Interest in history had become characteristic of the time. – English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century by Leslie Stephen
  15. The surprising way he found her, too, was characteristic. – The Promise of Air by Algernon Blackwood
  16. The words reflected a consideration that had never been a characteristic of Leopold. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  17. The short letter was characteristic and was, after all, what the girl had expected, neither more nor less. – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford
  18. It is characteristic of our complaint. – Love Eternal by H. Rider Haggard
  19. It is a characteristic of nations, as well as of individuals, that those who have no affairs of their own immediately on hand, are apt to concern themselves with the affairs of their neighbours. – The Comic History of Rome by Gilbert Abbott Becket
  20. It was characteristic of him to attempt no explanation. – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins