Char`ac*ter*is"tic (?), a. [Gr.
?: cf. F. charactéristique.] Pertaining to,
or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character,
or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing;
Characteristic clearness of temper.
1. A distinguishing trait, quality, or
property; an element of character; that which
The characteristics of a true critic.
2. (Math.) The integral part
(whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.