• WordNet 3.6
    • n characterization acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
    • n characterization the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features "the media's characterization of Al Gore as a nerd"
    • n characterization a graphic or vivid verbal description "too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures","the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland","the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters"
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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.
    • n Characterization The act or process of characterizing.
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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.
    • n characterization The act of characterizing; representation or description of salient qualities or characteristics, as by an actor, painter, writer, or speaker. Also spelled characterisation.
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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.”


In literature:

Severity, gradually hardening and darkening into misanthropy, characterizes the works of Swift.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Many examples of short characterization can be found in all narratives.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Questions and strifes of words characterized the disputes of the abolitionists at Ephesus about slavery.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
It has been characterized by nothing but what should excite revenge, and move to action, every man possessing a true Southern spirit.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
Those words which characterize the habitual are usually regarded as having essentially unequivocal meanings.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
They are characterized by their fine flavor, rich body, and sharp acidity.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
This bright golden yellow and the orange or vermilion color on the margin or edge of the gills will always characterize the plant.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Considerable wavering has characterized the attitude of the trade unions toward negro labor.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
The berry is characterized by much pigment under the skin.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
From the very beginning, the American people have been characterized by idealism.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry

In news:

The characterization of the lipids associated with malignancy has been possible thanks to the technological development of a spectroscopic device named Raman along with the versatility offered by the experimental models of breast cancer.
A CERTAIN tension characterizes the folklife of the rural American South -- the struggle between the surreal and the mundane.
Human breast cancer that is characterized by infiltration of dense connective tissue by cords of cells.
The Village of Burr Ridge is a low-density suburb characterized by a collection of traditional, late 20th century subdivisions.
Classical Persian poetry is characterized by its creative and highly cultivated language as well as strict regularities of rhyme and meter.
Actress previews her characterizations in two Lifetime TV films based on books by best-selling author Patricia Cornwell.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized Councilman Carl DeMaio's views on asking people their immigration status.
But it's not the content of Joe Biden or Paul Ryan's characterizations I'm talking about.
The condition known as mallet toe is characterized by a toe, generally the one next to the big toe, dropping down below the level of the others.
In the absence of a clear definition, 1.0 has been subject to multiple and often incomplete characterizations.
When the team further characterized dysregulated metabolites in the dorsal horn tissue, they identified multiple alterations in sphingomyelin-ceramide metabolism 21 days after TNT injury.
Microbial Carbonate Reservoir Characterization.
A BRITISHER'S VIEW: Miffed Muslims Characterize Islam's Caricatures.
Characterization of ossicular chain vibration at the umbo: Implications for a middle ear microelectromechanical system design.
Otitis media is an inflammation of the inner ear characterized by fluid buildup.

In science:

There are three important parameters that characterize the open strings : α′ , the metric Gµν and the noncommutativity matrix θµν .
Space-Time Noncommutative Field Theories And Unitarity
Otherwise, for comonadic cohomology, there is at least a uniqueness theorem () which characterizes the cohomology functors.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
Thus, we can say that we have characterized these groups using two different universal properties.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
The sharpness of this transition is characterized by a critical exponent, sometimes called ν = νk (the smaller the value of ν the sharper the transition).
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT
This regime IV is characterized by a finite correlation length, which is confirmed by our solution.
Exact Solution of the Three-color Problem on a Random Lattice