characteristic (ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk) | |
—n | |
1. | a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait |
2. | maths |
a. Compare mantissa the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated number: the characteristic of 2.4771 is 2 | |
b. another name for exponent, used esp in number representation in computing | |
—adj | |
3. | indicative of a distinctive quality, etc; typical |
character'istically | |
—adv |
characteristic char·ac·ter·is·tic (kār'ək-tə-rĭs'tĭk)
n.
See character.
characteristic (kār'ək-tə-rĭs'tĭk) Pronunciation Key
The part of a logarithm to the base 10 that is to the left of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, 2 is the characteristic. Compare mantissa. |