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Dictionary definition for: Characteristic

1. (n) a prominent aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features" "generosity is one of his best characteristics"

2. (a) typical or distinctive; "heard my friend''s characteristic laugh" "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn" "stripes characteristic of the zebra"

3. (n) a distinguishing quality

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

5. (n) any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions

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