Characteristic (from the Greek word for a property, attribute or trait of an entity) may refer to:
In physics and engineering,
I-V or current-voltage characteristic, the current in a circuit as a function of the applied voltage
Receiver operating characteristic
All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion […] such talk had been distressingly out of place.
Used in the Middle of Sentence
The solutions are obtained by expressing the metric function in terms of an auxiliary function which satisfies the Laplace equation, a characteristic property of the conformastatic spacetimes.
Unlike us, to him money meant nothing. He would work hard for thirty dollars a month, then spend it all with his characteristic freeheartedness in an hour of relaxation.
To create a substrate of the desired geometry, we exploited a well-known but little used characteristic of aclar, namely its thermoformability.
Used in the Ending of Sentence
As the chest wall and lungs hyperinflate, they progressively resist further inflation by virtue of their elastic recoil characteristics.
DME was defined as the presence of any retinal thickening or hard exsudates at the posterior pole irrespective of center involvement or ischemic characteristics.
Meaning of characteristic for the defined word.
Grammatically, this word "characteristic" is an adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.