characteristic characteristic  /ˌkɛ rək tə ˈrɪ stɪk/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a prominent attribute or aspect of something
  2. (n) a distinguishing quality
  3. (n) the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2
  4. (n) any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
  5. (adj) typical or distinctive

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. So she finally turned him down, explaining with characteristic bluntness.
  2. Long, wide, straight wings give the U-2 glider-like characteristics.
  3. Neither this isolation nor the unusual physical characteristics, however, definitively prove that the breed originated in ancient times.

News

  1. Optimized Photon-Counting Detector With No Dark Counts Enables Quantum-Mechanics Experiment

    To conduct an important quantum-mechanics experiment, an international team of researchers had to create an extremely efficient photon-counting detector; the type they chose was a transition-edge sensor (TES), which has no dark counts whatsoever -- a characteristic required for their precision experiment.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: PhotonicsOnline

  2. Toshiba Develops World's First Multi-level-cell Structure MROM Cell

    Toshiba Corporation today announced that the development of the world's first MROM cell to offer improved cell current characteristics without any increase in cell size.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Pryor and the politics of provincialism

    Provincialism — that sense that Arkansans have limited use for the world beyond Arkansas's borders — has been a defining characteristic of the state's politics and society for its entire existence. by Jay Barth Provincialism — that sense that Arkansans have limited use for the world beyond Arkansas's borders — has been a defining characteristic of the state's politics and society for its entire ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Arkansas Times

Quotes

  1. "In Scotland, we are a people who pride ourselves on our humanity. It is viewed as a defining characteristic of Scotland and the Scottish people," MacAskill said. "The perpetration of an atrocity, and outrage, cannot and should not be a basis...
    on Aug 20, 2009 By: Kenny MacAskill Source: NECN

  2. "I think there needs to be a strong, unified response to Russia to send the message that this kind of behavior, characteristic of the Soviet period, has no place in the 21st century," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday.
    on Aug 17, 2008 By: Robert Gates Source: FOXNews

  3. "Ok, it worked," he said he told them. "Congratulations - we're stopping. We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale."
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Eric Schmidt Source: Inquirer

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