[n] a distinguishing quality
[n] (electronics) any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
[n] a prominent aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
[n] the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2
[adj] typical or distinctive; "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"