char·ac·ter·is·tic /ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk/ 形容詞
Char·ac·ter·is·tic a. Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.
Characteristic clearness of temper. --Macaulay.
1. A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized.
The characteristics of a true critic. --Johnson.
2. Math. The integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.
adj : typical or distinctive; "heard my friend's characteristic
laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of
autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra" [ant: uncharacteristic]
n 1: a prominent aspect of something; "the map showed roads and
other features"; "generosity is one of his best
characteristics" [syn: feature]
2: a distinguishing quality
3: the integer part (positive or negative) of the
representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 =
2.808 the characteristic is 2
4: any measurable property of a device measured under closely
specified conditions [syn: device characteristic]