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English Dictionary: character by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
character
n
  1. an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story); "she is the main character in the novel"
    Synonym(s): fictional character, fictitious character, character
  2. a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"
    Synonym(s): quality, character, lineament
  3. the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer
    Synonym(s): character, fiber, fibre
  4. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
    Synonym(s): character, role, theatrical role, part, persona
  5. a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"
    Synonym(s): character, eccentric, type, case
  6. good repute; "he is a man of character"
  7. a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability; "requests for character references are all too often answered evasively"
    Synonym(s): character, reference, character reference
  8. a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
    Synonym(s): character, grapheme, graphic symbol
  9. (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes
v
  1. engrave or inscribe characters on
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Such \Such\, a. [OE. such, sich, sech, sik, swich, swilch,
      swulch, swilc, swulc, AS. swelc, swilc, swylc; akin to
      OFries. selik, D. zulk, OS. sulic, OHG. sulih, solih, G.
      solch, Icel. sl[c6]kr, OSw. salik, Sw. slik, Dan. slig, Goth.
      swaleiks; originally meaning, so shaped. [fb]192. See {So},
      {Like}, a., and cf. {Which}.]
      1. Of that kind; of the like kind; like; resembling; similar;
            as, we never saw such a day; -- followed by that or as
            introducing the word or proposition which defines the
            similarity, or the standard of comparison; as, the books
            are not such that I can recommend them, or, not such as I
            can recommend; these apples are not such as those we saw
            yesterday; give your children such precepts as tend to
            make them better.
  
                     And in his time such a conqueror That greater was
                     there none under the sun.                  --Chaucer.
  
                     His misery was such that none of the bystanders
                     could refrain from weeping.               --Macaulay.
  
      Note: The indefinite article a or an never precedes such, but
               is placed between it and the noun to which it refers;
               as, such a man; such an honor. The indefinite adjective
               some, several, one, few, many, all, etc., precede such;
               as, one such book is enough; all such people ought to
               be avoided; few such ideas were then held.
  
      2. Having the particular quality or character specified.
  
                     That thou art happy, owe to God; That thou
                     continuest such, owe to thyself.         --Milton.
  
      3. The same that; -- with as; as, this was the state of the
            kingdom at such time as the enemy landed. [bd][It] hath
            such senses as we have.[b8] --Shak.
  
      4. Certain; -- representing the object as already
            particularized in terms which are not mentioned.
  
                     In rushed one and tells him such a knight Is new
                     arrived.                                             --Daniel.
  
                     To-day or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and
                     continue there a year.                        --James iv.
                                                                              13.
  
      Note: Such is used pronominally. [bd]He was the father of
               such as dwell in tents.[b8] --Gen. iv. 20. [bd]Such as
               I are free in spirit when our limbs are chained.[b8]
               --Sir W. Scott. Such is also used before adjectives
               joined to substantives; as, the fleet encountered such
               a terrible storm that it put back. [bd]Everything was
               managed with so much care, and such excellent order was
               observed.[b8] --De Foe.
  
                        Temple sprung from a family which . . . long
                        after his death produced so many eminent men, and
                        formed such distinguished alliances, that, etc.
                                                                              --Macaulay.
               Such is used emphatically, without the correlative.
  
                        Now will he be mocking: I shall have such a life.
                                                                              --Shak.
               Such was formerly used with numerals in the sense of
               times as much or as many; as, such ten, or ten times as
               many.
  
      {Such and such}, [or] {Such or such}, certain; some; -- used
            to represent the object indefinitely, as already
            particularized in one way or another, or as being of one
            kind or another. [bd]In such and such a place shall be my
            camp.[b8] --2 Kings vi. 8. [bd]Sovereign authority may
            enact a law commanding such and such an action.[b8]
            --South.
  
      {Such like} [or] {character}, of the like kind.
  
                     And many other such like things ye do. --Mark vii.
                                                                              8.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Demotic \De*mot"ic\, a. [Gr. dhmotiko`s, fr. dh^mos the people:
      cf. F. d[82]motique.]
      Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common.
  
      {Demotic alphabet} [or] {character}, a form of writing used
            in Egypt after six or seven centuries before Christ, for
            books, deeds, and other such writings; a simplified form
            of the hieratic character; -- called also {epistolographic
            character}, and {enchorial character}. See {Enchorial}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Character \Char"ac*ter\, n. [L., an instrument for marking,
      character, Gr. [?], fr. [?] to make sharp, to cut into
      furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caract[8a]re.]
      1. A distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol.
  
                     It were much to be wished that there were throughout
                     the world but one sort of character for each letter
                     to express it to the eye.                  --Holder.
  
      2. Style of writing or printing; handwriting; the peculiar
            form of letters used by a particular person or people; as,
            an inscription in the Runic character.
  
                     You know the character to be your brother's? --Shak.
  
      3. The peculiar quality, or the sum of qualities, by which a
            person or a thing is distinguished from others; the stamp
            impressed by nature, education, or habit; that which a
            person or thing really is; nature; disposition.
  
                     The character or that dominion.         --Milton.
  
                     Know well each Ancient's proper character; His
                     fable, subject, scope in every page; Religion,
                     Country, genius of his Age.               --Pope.
  
                     A man of . . . thoroughly subservient character.
                                                                              --Motley.
  
      4. Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality;
            as, he has a great deal of character.
  
      5. Moral quality; the principles and motives that control the
            life; as, a man of character; his character saves him from
            suspicion.
  
      6. Quality, position, rank, or capacity; quality or conduct
            with respect to a certain office or duty; as, in the
            miserable character of a slave; in his character as a
            magistrate; her character as a daughter.
  
      7. The estimate, individual or general, put upon a person or
            thing; reputation; as, a man's character for truth and
            veracity; to give one a bad character.
  
                     This subterraneous passage is much mended since
                     Seneca gave so bad a character of it. --Addison.
  
      8. A written statement as to behavior, competency, etc.,
            given to a servant. [Colloq.]
  
      9. A unique or extraordinary individuality; a person
            characterized by peculiar or notable traits; a person who
            illustrates certain phases of character; as, Randolph was
            a character; C[91]sar is a great historical character.
  
      10. One of the persons of a drama or novel.
  
      Note: [bd]It would be well if character and reputation were
               used distinctively. In truth, character is what a
               person is; reputation is what he is supposed to be.
               Character is in himself, reputation is in the minds of
               others. Character is injured by temptations, and by
               wrongdoing; reputation by slanders, and libels.
               Character endures throughout defamation in every form,
               but perishes when there is a voluntary transgression;
               reputation may last through numerous transgressions,
               but be destroyed by a single, and even an unfounded,
               accusation or aspersion.[b8] --Abbott.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Character \Char"ac*ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Charactered}.]
      1. To engrave; to inscribe. [R.]
  
                     These trees shall be my books. And in their barks my
                     thoughts I 'll character.                  --Shak.
  
      2. To distinguish by particular marks or traits; to describe;
            to characterize. [R.] --Mitford.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   character
  
      An {atom} in a {character repertoire}.
  
      Compare with {glyph}.
  
      (1998-10-18)
  
  
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