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# What does characteristic mean?

###### 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.