1. [Adjective]: typical or distinctive; "heard my friend''s characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"

2. [Noun]: a distinguishing quality

3. [Noun]: a prominent aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"

4. [Noun]: any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions

5. [Noun]: the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2

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