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Definition of Characteristic
characteristic 3. A table for facilitating reference to topics, names, and
the like, in a book; -- usually alphabetical in
arrangement, and printed at the end of the volume.
4. A prologue indicating what follows. [Obs.] --Shak.
5. (Anat.) The second digit, that next pollex, in the manus,
or hand; the forefinger; index finger.
6. (Math.) The figure or letter which shows the power or root
of a quantity; the exponent. [In this sense the plural is
Index error, the error in the reading of a mathematical
instrument arising from the zero of the index not being in
complete adjustment with that of the limb, or with its
theoretically perfect position in the instrument; a
correction to be applied to the instrument readings equal
to the error of the zero adjustment.
Index expurgatorius. [L.] See Index prohibitorius
Index finger. See Index, 5.
Index glass, the mirror on the index of a quadrant,
Index hand, the pointer or hand of a clock, watch, or other
registering machine; a hand that points to something.
Index of a logarithm (Math.), the integral part of the
logarithm, and always one less than the number of integral
figures in the given number. It is also called the
Index of refraction, or Refractive index (Opt.), the
number which expresses the ratio of the sine of the angle
of incidence to the sine of the angle of refraction. Thus
the index of refraction for sulphur is 2, because, when
light passes out of air into sulphur, the sine of the
angle of incidence is double the sine of the angle of
Index plate, a graduated circular plate, or one with
circular rows of holes differently spaced; used in
machines for graduating circles, cutting gear teeth, etc.
Index prohibitorius [L.], or Prohibitory index (R. C.
Ch.), a catalogue of books which are forbidden by the
church to be read; the index expurgatorius [L.], or
expurgatory index, is a catalogue of books from which
passages marked as against faith or morals must be removed
before Catholics can read them. These catalogues are
published with additions, from time to time, by the
Congregation of the Index, composed of cardinals,
theologians, etc., under the sanction of the pope. --Hook.
Index rerum [L.], a tabulated and alphabetized notebook,
for systematic preservation of items, quotations, etc.
Characteristic Char`ac*ter*is"tic, n.
1. A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element
of character; that which characterized. --Pope.
The characteristics of a true critic. --Johnson.
2. (Math.) The integral part (whether positive or negative)
of a logarithm.
Meaning of Characteristic from wikipedia
(from the Gr**** word for a property, attribute
of an entity) may refer
to: In physics
and engineering, any characteristic
combinatorics, the Euler characteristic
number, or Euler–Poincaré characteristic
) is a topological
invariant, a number
- In linear
algebra, the characteristic polynomial
of a square matrix
is a polynomial which
is invariant under matrix similarity
and has the eigenvalues...
- The characteristic impedance
or surge impedance
Z0) of a uniform transmission
line is the ratio
of the amplitudes
- A receiver operating characteristic
curve, or ROC curve, is a graphical
plot that illustrates
the diagnostic ability
of a binary
- A characteristic property
is a chemical
or physical property
that helps identify
and cl****ify substances. The characteristic properties
of a substance...
- In mathematics, the characteristic
of a ring R, often denoted
char(R), is defined
to be the smallest number
one must use the ring's multiplicative...
- A characteristic vector
to: an eigenvector
- Characteristic equation
to: Characteristic equation
(calculus), used to solve linear differential equations Characteristic
equation, the equation...
- Characteristic curve
to: In electronics, a current–voltage characteristic curve Semiconductor curve
tracer, a device
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