Associations to the word «Characteristic»


CHARACTERISTIC, adjective. Being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing.
CHARACTERISTIC, noun. A distinguishable feature of a person or thing
CHARACTERISTIC, noun. (mathematics) the integer part of a logarithm
CHARACTERISTIC, noun. (nautical) the distinguishing features of a navigational light on a lighthouse etc by which it can be identified (colour, pattern of flashes etc)
CHARACTERISTIC, noun. (algebra) (field theory) The minimum number of times that the unit of a field must be added unto itself in order to yield that field's zero, or, if that minimum natural number does not exist, then (the integer) zero.
CHARACTERISTIC FUNCTION, noun. (analysis) A function which is equal to 1 for all points in its domain which belong to a given set, and is equal to 0 for all points in the domain which do not belong to that given set.
CHARACTERISTIC FUNCTION, noun. (maths) (probability theory) A complex function completely defining the probability distribution of a real-valued random variable
CHARACTERISTIC FUNCTIONS, noun. Plural of characteristic function
CHARACTERISTIC POLYNOMIAL, noun. (linear algebra) The determinant, of a matrix minus an indeterminant times the identity matrix
CHARACTERISTIC POLYNOMIALS, noun. Plural of characteristic polynomial

Dictionary definition

CHARACTERISTIC, noun. A prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics".
CHARACTERISTIC, noun. A distinguishing quality.
CHARACTERISTIC, noun. The integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2.
CHARACTERISTIC, noun. Any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions.
CHARACTERISTIC, adjective. Typical or distinctive; "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra".

Wise words

Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.