• WordNet 3.6
    • v characterize describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of "You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist","This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover"
    • v characterize be characteristic of "What characterizes a Venetian painting?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medication prescribed for individuals (usually children) who have an abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.
    • Characterize To be a characteristic of; to make, or express the character of. "The softness and effeminacy which characterize the men of rank in most countries."
    • Characterize To engrave or imprint.
    • Characterize (Chem) to identify the structure or nature of; as, the antibiotic activity in the sample was characterized by HPLC, and proved to be erythromycin.
    • Characterize To indicate the character of; to describe. "Under the name of Tamerlane he intended to characterize King William."
    • Characterize To make distinct and recognizable by peculiar marks or traits; to make with distinctive features. "European, Asiatic, Chinese, African, and Grecian faces are Characterized ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: More than 100 years ago, the felt hat makers of England used mercury to stabilize wool. Most of them eventually became poisoned by the fumes, as demonstrated by the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Breathing mercury's fumes over a long period of time will cause erethism, a disorder characterized by nervousness, irritability, and strange personality changes.
    • characterize To impart a special stamp or character to; constitute a characteristic or the characteristics of; stamp or distinguish; mark; denote.
    • characterize To describe the character or give an account of the qualities of; describe by distinguishing qualities.
    • characterize To engrave, stamp, or imprint.
    • characterize Also spelled characterise.
    • characterize Synonyms To mark, designate.
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  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “The foolishness of old age does not characterize all who are old, but only the foolish.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem -- in my opinion -- to characterize our age.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.”
  • Steve Cuthbert
    Steve Cuthbert
    “The 1990s customer expects service to be characterized by fast and efficient computer-based systems.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “What most clearly characterizes true freedom and its true employment is its misemployment.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. characterizare, Gr. : cf. F. charactériser,


In literature:

The genus is characterized then by the rosy or reddish spores, the presence of a volva, and the annulus is wanting.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
They do not know that a great many affections are characterized by periods of apparent recovery.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
This is the secret of that mania for the personal which characterizes women's conversation.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
Governor Drayton's writings are characterized by a desire to express the simple and exact truth.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
The purpose that prompts the investment of his money is the safest characterization of him.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 4, June 1906" by Various
The population of Western Pennsylvania is characterized for industry, frugality, economy and enterprise.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
The latter are characterized by an extreme simplicity of outline and by vivid narrative power.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
Turning north-east the channel becomes narrower and deeper, and is characterized by occasional reaches of papyrus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
And with that deliberateness which always characterized him, he set about it at once.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
His dramas are characterized by deep religious feeling.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
The earliest known forms of social life are characterized by the performance of public ceremonies, which are almost always religious.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
The name of a Colorado mountain stream, the Roaring Fork, exactly characterizes it.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Dean met Mr. Raymond's request in behalf of his daughter with the whole-heartedness that so characterized them.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
She may come to be characterized by a mere authoritativeness.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. I" by Charles Gore
It is characterized by the use of open porches supported by large pillars.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
The later 'fifties are characterized by H.H.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
She was characterized, sartorially, only by that unobtrusive yet exquisite neatness whose practice some women bring to a fine art.
"Angela's Business" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
These beds vary in colour, and are occasionally characterized by containing drift-wood or shells.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
August 12, 13, 14, 1918, were characterized chiefly by patrol encounters and local trench fighting.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)" by various
Hubbs and Lagler (1947:66) characterize the habitat of this species as clear creeks of limestone uplands.
"Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas" by Artie L. Metcalf

In news:

Friends and family object to most of the characterizations with the statement: "But I don't think that's who he is".
Yet the characterization is more than an image.
The displacement is rightly characterized as the largest internal displacement of peoples since the mid-90s Rwandan genocide.
(HealthDay News) — Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by symptoms of pain or discomfort in the abdomen that persist for at least three months.
Irritable bowel syndrome , or IBS , is characterized by.
But for some reason, McBrien insists that the King Kong version, characterized by Porter's attorney Robert Montgomery as "a fine, ribald version," was written by Irving Berlin .
Anyone expecting a pat storyline, standard mystery/suspense developments and characterizations, or a clich.
During a recent commencement address, President Obama seemed to take a potshot at the tools of the information age – at least that's how most news headlines characterized it.
Both are Hough residents who disagree with the characterization of the neighborhood as a "food desert".
The ire directed at Jim Lembke over the past twelve months hit its zenith in March after the Republican from south county characterized the unemployed as lazy freeloaders.
Written in 1939, Lillian Hellman 's The Little Foxes is showing its age — both in the dated characterizations and the high-pitched, melodramatic tone.
Evolving Semiconductor Characterization and Parametric Test Solutions for the Evolving Semiconductor Industry and other white papers at Electronic Products.
Some might characterize Milaca as a sleepy little town in east central Minnesota, the likes of which there are many in the state.
However, as predicted, we find that unfrugal CEOs oversee a relatively loose control environment characterized by relatively high probabilities of other insiders perpetrating fraud and unintentional material reporting errors.
If a new survey of pharmaceutical executives whose companies account for more than 40% of the industry's global revenue is any indication, an era characterized by a remarkable level of innovation may be drawing to a close.

In science:

While the original root lattice characterizes the complex extension algebra and its real forms, the restricted root lattice characterizes a particular symmetric space originating from one of its real forms.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Thus the transition (due to the switching on of a magnetic field) between the ensemble characterized by β = 4 and the ensemble characterized by β = 2 means a negative contribution to G.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
The pro jective characterization of the compact space ¯A has as a counterpart the inductive characterization of the corresponding C ⋆ -algebra of continuous complex functions C ( ¯A).
On the structure of the space of generalized connections
In general, the percolation-type transition characterized by r may or may not occur simultaneously at the same coupling strength with the orderdisorder-type transition characterized by Q.
Collective synchronization in spatially extended systems of coupled oscillators with random frequencies
Physical Characterization Status: An important task for a TEC is to physically characterize terrestrial planets.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
Chemical Characterization and Biomarkers Status: The driving goal of a TEC is to chemically characterize the planet and search for signs of life (biomarkers).
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
We have the above DG -freeness characterization, but it is so hard to use the above characterization.
Diagonal Compressed Random Variables in a Graph W*-probability Spaces
Characterization of Ag /Mg for large g . 6.22 Characterization of A ′g /Mg for large g .
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
The particular assumption (observation) in this paper is that, although each individual realization of the solution is characterized by small spatial scales, induced by the small scales in the diffusivity field, ensemble solution averages are characterized by larger, “coarser” scales.
Equation-free, multiscale computation for unsteady random diffusion
The method is based on the assumption that although the individual realizations of the random solutions are characterized by small scales, their ensemble averages are much smoother, characterized by larger scales.
Equation-free, multiscale computation for unsteady random diffusion
Compared to the model for white noise potential, which is characterized by one parameter, the Frisch & Lloyd model is characterized by two parameters : the strength of the δ -potential, and their density.
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs
The following theorem gives a characterization of the evolution semigroup S in terms of cocycles with unbounded coefficients, characterized by Fagnola in the isometric and unitary case.
Quantum Stochastic Positive Evolutions: Characterization, Construction, Dilation
Let us study linear perturbations about a scalar-field dominant solution characterized by Eq. (35) and a scaling solution characterized by Eq. (36).
General analytic formulae for attractor solutions of scalar-field dark energy models and their multi-field generalizations
We will next define the eigenstates characterized by definite period in terms of the states characterized by definite time.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
This state cannot be characterized by any definite value of time; for the change to be characterized by a definite frequency, an observation of regular periodic motion is required to continue forever.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness