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Meaning & Definition of Characteristic in English

English

Characteristic

/kɛrəktərɪstɪk/

noun

1. A prominent attribute or aspect of something

  • "The map showed roads and other features"
  • "Generosity is one of his best characteristics"
    synonym:
  • feature
  • ,
  • characteristic

2. A distinguishing quality

    synonym:
  • characteristic

3. The integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm

  • In the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2
    synonym:
  • characteristic

4. Any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions

    synonym:
  • characteristic
  • ,
  • device characteristic

adjective

1. Typical or distinctive

  • "Heard my friend's characteristic laugh"
  • "Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"
  • "Stripes characteristic of the zebra"
    synonym:
  • characteristic

Examples of using

One of the reasons Twitter is popular in Japan is a characteristic of Japanese itself: Japanese uses ideograms which enable it to convey more information in just 140 characters than other languages, not counting Chinese. Incidentally, the Japanese version of this sentence is written with exactly 140 characters. How many characters does it take in other languages?
A green color is a characteristic of that type of apple.
Language is a specifically human characteristic.