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04/18/2017

1) (n) It means a quality of a person such as height, weight, hair colour, or eye colour. A feature that helps to identify, tell apart, or describe recognizably; a distinguishing mark or trait.

2) (n) Mathematics. The integral part of a logarithm as distinguished from the mantissa: The characteristic of the logarithm 6.3214 is 6.

3) (n) Mathematics. The least number of times the multiplicative identity in a ring needs to be added to itself to reach the additive identity, or, if the additive identity is never reached, zero. The integers have a characteristic of zero; the integers modulus 12 have a characteristic of 12.

4) (adj) Typical, in accordance with the character of a person or thing.
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Being a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing; distinctive: heard my friend's characteristic laugh; the stripes that are characteristic of the zebra.

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  1. A feature that helps to identify, tell apart, or describe recognizably; a distinguishing mark or trait.
  2. Mathematics. The integral part of a logarithm as distinguished from the mantissa: The characteristic of the logarithm 6.3214 is 6.
  3. Mathematics. The least number of times the multiplicative identity in a ring needs to be added to itself to reach the additive identity, or, if the additive identity is never reached, zero. The integers have a characteristic of zero; the integers modulus 12 have a characteristic of 12.
  4. n 1. a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait
    2. (Mathematics) Maths a. the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated number the characteristic of 2.4771 is 2 Compare mantissa
    b. another name for exponent [4] esp in number representation in computing
    adj indicative of a distinctive quality, etc.; typical
  5. The part of a logarithm to the base 10 that is to the left of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, 2 is the characteristic.