• (noun): The integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on characteristic:

Sexual Selection In Human Evolution
... the words of Richard Dawkins "When you notice a characteristic of an animal and ask what its Darwinian survival value is, you may be asking the wrong question ... It could be that the characteristic you have picked out is not the one that matters ... for the ride", dragged along in evolution by some other characteristic to which it is pleiotropically linked." ...
Characteristic X-ray
... Characteristic X-rays are emitted when outer-shell electrons fill a vacancy in the inner shell of an atom, releasing X-rays in a pattern that is "characteristic" to each element ... Characteristic X-rays were discovered by Charles Glover Barkla in 1909, who later won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery in 1917 ... Characteristic X-rays are produced when an element is bombarded with high-energy electrons ...
Statistical Dependence - Properties - Characteristic Function
... Two independent random variables X and Y have the property that the characteristic function of their sum is the product of their marginal characteristic functions but the reverse implication is not true (see subindependence). ...
Control (management) - The Elements of Control
... (1) the characteristic or condition to be controlled The first element is the characteristic or condition of the operating system which is to be measured ... We select a specific characteristic because a correlation exists between it and how the system is performing ... The characteristic can be the output of the system during any stage of processing or it may be a condition that is the result of the system ...
Supersingular K3 Surface - History
... quartic w4 + x4 + y4 + z4 = 0 has Picard number 22 over algebraically closed fields of characteristic 3 mod 4 ... surface of level 4 (the universal generalized elliptic curve E(4) → X(4)) in characteristic 3 mod 4 is a K3 surface with Picard number 22, as is the Kummer ... In the case of characteristic 2 the double cover may need to be an inseparable covering ...

More definitions of "characteristic":

  • (noun): A distinguishing quality.
  • (noun): A prominent aspect of something.
    Synonyms: feature
  • (noun): Any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions.
    Synonyms: device characteristic
  • (adj): Typical or distinctive.
    Example: "Heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"