An example of characteristic is intelligence.
An example of characteristic is the high levels of intelligence of a valedictorian.
The characteristic of the logarithm 6.3214 is 6.
4 is the characteristic of the logarithm 4.7193
Heard my friend's characteristic laugh; the stripes that are characteristic of the zebra.
A field's characteristic, if non-trivial, must be prime, otherwise the field would not be an integral domain, which fields must be. For example, if a field's characteristic were six, then (1+1)+(1+1)+(1+1) = 0; if 1+1 were labeled A and 1+1+1 were labeled B, then A + A + A = 0, A (1 + 1 + 1) = 0 by distributivity; A B = 0, and the field could not be an integral domain.
The characteristic odor of cabbage.
Origin of characteristic
- From Ancient Greek χαρακτηριστικός (kharaktēristikos), from χαρακτηρίζω (kharaktērizō, “to designate by a characteristic mark”), from χαρακτήρ (kharaktēr, “a mark, character”).