• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Characteristical Characteristic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The unique characteristics of Barbie dolls in Japan are that they have their lips closed with no teeth showing
    • characteristical Same as characteristic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Evaluation and Parameterization of Stability and Safety Performance Characteristics of Two and Three Wheeled Vehicular Toys for Riding." Title of a $230,000 research project proposed by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, to study the various ways children fall off bicycles.
    • adjs Characteristical marking or constituting the peculiar nature
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  • Mark Twain
    “There isn't a single human characteristic that can be safely labeled as American.”
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    “No fact of human nature is more characteristic that its willingness to live on a chance.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.”
  • Brian Tracy
    “Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.”
  • J. S. Habgood
    J. S. Habgood
    “Movements born in hatred very quickly take on the characteristics of the thing they oppose.”
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    “You already have every characteristic necessary for success.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. caractère—L. character—Gr. charaktēr, from charass-ein, to cut, engrave.


In literature:

The characteristic social phenomenon is just this control by the group as a whole of the individuals that compose it.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
They are finely descriptive of the company characteristics of the early coffee houses.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Two incidents of his career are characteristic.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
As soon as we perceive a certain characteristic in an object, we extend this characteristic to all other objects which at all resemble it.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
The criminal skull does not exhibit any marked characteristics of size and shape.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
In the insane, religion and eroticism are combined in a very characteristic manner.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
All truths valuable as they are characteristic.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
Although this topic will be discussed fully in a later chapter, two differential characteristics should be mentioned now.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
It was a characteristic Newfoundland crowd.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
A third characteristic flows from the first.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray
The form taken by Johnson's revolt is characteristic.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
But a real motive is always terse, concise, characteristic and pregnant with unrevealed meaning.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
All of these characteristics assist in determining the species.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor
In purely intellectual characteristics, the characteristics of the logician and the philosopher, he was weak.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
I have also thrown by the side of them the similar characteristics of Junius, but this is not all.
"Junius Unmasked" by Joel Moody
It burns with a characteristic pale blue flame to form carbon dioxide.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
They were characteristic in their parting words.
"Fragments of an Autobiography" by Felix Moscheles
There should be one drawing of the insect to show its general characteristics; usually a dorsal view is best.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
Among its characteristics the following points are noticeable.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
And the manner and sphere of its working yield very characteristic instruction on the nature of the deteriorated mind.
"Memorials of the Sea" by William Scoresby

In poetry:

The intrepid Ricardo,
With characteristic bravado,
Alluded openly to Rent
Wherever he went.
"Clerihew – Ricardo" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
The Music
With the exception of three German Melodies, and the characteristic Introduction
Composed by
Charles E. Horn.
"The Maid Of Saxony; Or, Who's The Traitor? - Act I" by George Pope Morris
FULL-PRIVATE JAMES described might be,
As a man of a mournful mind;
No characteristic trait had he
Of any distinctive kind.
"General John" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Differentiating SPEN from other pancreatic neoplasms can be difficult as the imaging characteristics of pancreatic neoplasms may often be nonspecific and overlapping.
One of the most salient characteristics of the Fab Four from Minneapolis (that would be Tommy, Bob, Chris and Paul, left to right in the photo above) is the fervor of their fans.
Characteristics of a Good Nursing Nomenclature from an Informatics Perspective.
Table 2 Dimensions or characteristics of patients.
Balance, hop selection, minutiae of fermentation characteristics, and that certain "je ne sais quois" are all much harder to evaluate in a completely objective manner.
Dr Oz talks with Dr Grayson about the characteristics associated with OCD and the best treatment options available.
The main characteristic of the laser's electromagnetic waves is the wavelength, which is measured in nanometers.
For clinical purposes, a second characteristic of lasers that is very relevant is the average power, which is measured in watts.
Organoleptic Characteristics of Flavor Materials.
Characteristics of osteoma of the temporal bone in young adolescents.
Diplomats and development workers love to talk about soft power, but often misunderstand two important characteristics about it.
In order to give the prop -up its lofting ability, you'll need to carve the wood into a characteristic propeller shape.
According to author Kevin Dutton, psychopaths have a distinct set of personality characteristics.
The latest addition to Radian 's Micro-product range, MicroFill shares sonic and industrial design characteristics with the company's highly successful MicroWedge.
A new paper suggests that an area near the Red Sea area could have had favorable characteristics for 'wind setdown' some 3,000 years ago.

In science:

A remark about the characteristic: the theory arising in characteristic 0 from this cohomological characterization is called solid closure; see .
Looking out for stable syzygy bundles
However, we may derive a slightly weaker result for prime characteristic p ≫ 0 from the results in characteristic zero.
Looking out for stable syzygy bundles
With this in mind, it is reasonable to expect the characteristic zero results to have finite characteristic analogues.
The deformation theory of representations of the fundamental group of a smooth variety
M (s,θs )ds is the characteristic function of Ps∈[0,t)X ({θs}). A (Gaussian) white noise corresponds to the characteristic functional with M (t, θ) = − 1 2 θ2 .
Measure convolution semigroups and non-infinitely divisible probability distributions
The convolution is called regular if it admits a (generalised) characteristic function such that there is a bijective correspondence between probability measures and characteristic functions.
Measure convolution semigroups and non-infinitely divisible probability distributions
Therefore, the characteristics of the nearest groups do not differ essentially from the main dynamical characteristics of more representative sample covering a scale of ∼30 Mpc.
The Local Group and other neighboring galaxy groups
It will be shown that no new simple symplectic triple systems appear in characteristic 6= 3, and it is conjectured that only two dimensional simple systems are possible in characteristic 3.
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
All the simple systems that appear in this classification have their counterparts in prime characteristic, and in characteristic 3 a new family of simple orthogonal triple systems will be defined, in terms of central simple Jordan algebras of degree 3.
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
All the examples in Theorems 4.7 and 4.18 have their counterparts in prime characteristic, with only a couple of changes needed for the simple orthogonal triple systems of G and F types in characteristic 3.
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
The proofs of Theorems 4.7 and 4.18 are based in the classification by Kac of the simple finite dimensional Lie superalgebras over algebraically closed field of characteristic 0, so different methods are needed in prime characteristic.
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
It should be remarked that the proof of isospectrality in [LSV3, Theorem 3] uses the Jacquet-Langlands correspondence in positive characteristic; the details of the proof of this correspondence appear in the literature for the characteristic zero case (in general) and for prime d in the characteristic p case.
Isospectral Cayley graphs of some finite simple groups
In fact, it is easy to see that the parametrization of the canonical basic set in characteristic 0 holds in “good” characteristic (see [J5]).
JMMO Fock space and Geck-Rouquier classification of simple modules for Hecke algebras
The characteristic exponent for the tail of Gl is larger than the characteristic exponent for the tail of Ql : the first cycle is created earlier, and thus, it must be smaller.
Kinetic Theory of Random Graphs
The characteristic path length is as in (5) and the characteristic component size is as in (15).
Kinetic Theory of Random Graphs
Let G be a graph on n vertices, and let χG (x) be its characteristic polynomial (the characteristic polynomial of the adjacency matrix of G).
Salem numbers, Pisot numbers, Mahler measure and graphs