Adjective characteristic has 1 sense
  1. characteristic - typical or distinctive; "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"
    uncharacteristic, uncharacteristic of, atypical
,Noun characteristic has 4 senses
  1. feature, characteristic - a prominent aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
    --1 is a kind of property, attribute, dimension
    --1 has particulars:
     sex characteristic, sex character; aspect, facet; attraction, attractor, attracter, attractive feature, magnet; badge; centerpiece, centrepiece; contour; excellence; external; peculiarity, distinctive feature, distinguishing characteristic; safety feature
  2. characteristic - a distinguishing quality
    --2 is a kind of
    --2 is a part of nature
    --2 has particulars:
     recommendation, passport; compatibility; incompatibility; point, spot; point; hallmark, trademark, earmark, stylemark; aspect; safeness; dangerousness; curability, curableness; incurability, incurableness; directness, straightness; indirectness; rurality, ruralism; streak
  3. characteristic - the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2
    --3 is a kind of
    integer, whole number
  4. characteristic, device characteristic - any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
    --4 is a kind of property