# or+characteristic

1

**characteristic**— adj Characteristic, individual, peculiar, distinctive are comparable when they mean indicating or revealing the special quality or qualities of a particular person or thing or of a particular group of persons or things. Characteristic stresses… …2

**Characteristic**— (from the Greek word for a property or attribute (= trait) of an entity) may refer to: In physics and engineering, any characteristic curve that shows the relationship between certain input and output parameters, for example: I V or current… …3

**Characteristic admittance**— is the mathematical inverse of the characteristic impedance. The general expression for the characteristic admittance of a transmission line is: where R is the resistance per unit length, L is the inductance per unit length, G is the conductance… …4

**Characteristic equation**— may refer to: Characteristic equation (calculus), used to solve linear differential equations Characteristic equation, a characteristic polynomial equation in linear algebra used to find eigenvalues Characteristic equation, a polynomial used to… …5

**characteristic**— [kar΄ək tər is′tik, kar΄iktər is′tik] adj. [Gr charaktēristikos: see CHARACTER] of or constituting the special character; typical; distinctive [the characteristic odor of cabbage] n. 1. a distinguishing trait, feature, or quality; peculiarity 2.… …6

**characteristic**— I noun aspect, attribute, cast, constitution, differentia, differential, distinction, distinctive feature, distinguishing trait, essence, essential part, feature, humor, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, immanence, inclination, individuality, inherence,… …7

**Characteristic**— Char ac*ter*is tic, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. charact[ e]ristique.] Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive. [1913 Webster]… …8

**Characteristic velocity**— or c * is a measure of the combustion performance of a rocket engine independent of nozzle performance, and is used to compare different propellants and propulsion systems. Formula c * is the characteristic velocity (meters/second) p1 is the… …9

**characteristic**— [adj] typical; distinguishing appropriate, diagnostic, differentiating, discriminating, discriminative, distinctive, distinguishing, emblematic, especial, essential, exclusive, fixed, idiosyncratic, inborn, inbred, indicative, individual,… …10

**characteristic spectrum**— noun (physics) The ordered arrangement of the frequencies of radiation characteristic of the material giving rise to it • • • Main Entry: ↑character …