1. feature, characteristic, property, attribute, dimension

usage: a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"

2. characteristic, quality

usage: a distinguishing quality

3. characteristic, integer, whole number

usage: the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2

4. characteristic, device characteristic, property

usage: any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions


1. characteristic (vs. uncharacteristic), diagnostic, symptomatic, distinctive, typical, peculiar(prenominal), typical

usage: typical or distinctive; "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"

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