a prominent attribute or aspect of something
"the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin
"an expression of pleasure crossed his features"; "his lineaments were very regular"
feature, feature film(noun)
the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater
"the feature tonight is `Casablanca'"
feature, feature article(noun)
a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine
"they ran a feature on retirement planning"
feature of speech, feature(noun)
(linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind
an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles
have as a feature
"This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"
sport, feature, boast(verb)
wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
"she was sporting a new hat"
One's structure or make-up; form, shape, bodily proportions.
An important or main item.
A long, prominent, article or item in the media, or the department that creates them; frequently used technically to distinguish content from news.
Any of the physical constituents of the face (eyes, nose, etc.).
A beneficial capability of a piece of software.
The cast or structure of anything, or of any part of a thing, as of a landscape, a picture, a treaty, or an essay; any marked peculiarity or characteristic; as, one of the features of the landscape.
Something discerned from physical evidence that helps define, identify, characterize, and interpret an archeological site.
Characteristic forms or shapes of a part. For example, a hole, boss, slot, cut, chamfer, or fillet.
To ascribe the greatest importance to something within a certain context.
To star, to contain.
to appear; to make an appearance.
Origin: From feture, from faiture, from factura.
the make, form, or outward appearance of a person; the whole turn or style of the body; esp., good appearance
the make, cast, or appearance of the human face, and especially of any single part of the face; a lineament. (pl.) The face, the countenance
the cast or structure of anything, or of any part of a thing, as of a landscape, a picture, a treaty, or an essay; any marked peculiarity or characteristic; as, one of the features of the landscape
a form; a shape
Origin: [OE. feture form, shape, feature, OF. faiture fashion, make, fr. L. factura a making, formation, fr. facere, factum, to make. See Feat, Fact, and cf. Facture.]
In machine learning and pattern recognition, a feature is an individual measurable heuristic property of a phenomenon being observed. Choosing discriminating and independent features is key to any pattern recognition algorithm being successful in classification. Features are usually numeric, but structural features such as strings and graphs are used in syntactic pattern recognition. The set of features of a given data instance is often grouped into a feature vector. The reason for doing this is that the vector can be treated mathematically. For example, many algorithms compute a score for classifying an instance into a particular category by linearly combining a feature vector with a vector of weights, using a linear predictor function. The concept of "feature" is essentially the same as the concept of explanatory variable used in statistical techniques such as linear regression.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fēt′ūr, n. the marks by which anything is recognised: the prominent traits of anything: the cast of the face: (pl.) the countenance.—v.t. (coll.) to have features resembling.—adjs. Feat′ured, with features well marked; Feat′ureless, destitute of distinct features; Feat′urely, handsome. [O. Fr. faiture, from fut. part. of L. facĕre, to make.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. [common] A good property or behavior (as of a program). Whether it was intended or not is immaterial. 2. [common] An intended property or behavior (as of a program). Whether it is good or not is immaterial (but if bad, it is also a misfeature). 3. A surprising property or behavior; in particular, one that is purposely inconsistent because it works better that way — such an inconsistency is therefore a feature and not a bug. This kind of feature is sometimes called a miswart; see that entry for a classic example. 4. A property or behavior that is gratuitous or unnecessary, though perhaps also impressive or cute. For example, one feature of Common LISP's format function is the ability to print numbers in two different Roman-numeral formats (see bells whistles and gongs). 5. A property or behavior that was put in to help someone else but that happens to be in your way. 6. [common] A bug that has been documented. To call something a feature sometimes means the author of the program did not consider the particular case, and that the program responded in a way that was unexpected but not strictly incorrect. A standard joke is that a bug can be turned into a feature simply by documenting it (then theoretically no one can complain about it because it's in the manual), or even by simply declaring it to be good. “That's not a bug, that's a feature!” is a common catchphrase. See also feetch feetch, creeping featurism, wart, green lightning.The relationship among bugs, features, misfeatures, warts, and miswarts might be clarified by the following hypothetical exchange between two hackers on an airliner:A: “This seat doesn't recline.”B: “That's not a bug, that's a feature. There is an emergency exit door built around the window behind you, and the route has to be kept clear.”A: “Oh. Then it's a misfeature; they should have increased the spacing between rows here.”B: “Yes. But if they'd increased spacing in only one section it would have been a wart — they would've had to make nonstandard-length ceiling panels to fit over the displaced seats.”A: “A miswart, actually. If they increased spacing throughout they'd lose several rows and a chunk out of the profit margin. So unequal spacing would actually be the Right Thing.”B: “Indeed.”Undocumented feature is a common, allegedly humorous euphemism for a bug. There's a related joke that is sometimes referred to as the “one-question geek test”. You say to someone “I saw a Volkswagen Beetle today with a vanity license plate that read FEATURE”. If he/she laughs, he/she is a geek.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'feature' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1882
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'feature' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3433
Rank popularity for the word 'feature' in Nouns Frequency: #317
Rank popularity for the word 'feature' in Verbs Frequency: #491
The numerical value of feature in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of feature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature.
The rising income benefit of this asset class is really not a 2016 feature, it's a 2017 feature.
The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
The series will feature a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television.
I’d love to do a feature on ground buffalo or seasoned buffalo burgers, but if the supply is not there, we can’t feature it.
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Translations for feature
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- черта, характеризирам, особеност, подчертавам, признак, свойствоBulgarian
- tretCatalan, Valencian
- funkce, rysCzech
- feature, ansigtstræk, trækDanish
- Eigentümlichkeit, Funktion, herausstellen, Feature, Charakteristikum, Merkmal, bieten, Besonderheit, aufweisen, Eigenschaft, Sonderbeitrag, mitspielen, darbieten, Hauptrolle, besonders, FeuilletonGerman
- priorizar, rasgo, protagonizar, característica, aparecerSpanish
- ominaisuus, kasvonpiirre, toiminto, toiminnallisuus, pääjuttu, piirreFinnish
- spécialité, fonctionnalité, particularité, visage, caractéristique, traitFrench
- vonás, arcvonásHungarian
- connotati, caratteristica, lineamenti, tratti somaticiItalian
- eigenschap, benadrukken, laten, trek, met, verslag, bevatten, hoofdartikel, oplichten, gelaatstrekDutch
- habilidade, funcionalidade, priorizar, traço, característicaPortuguese
- particularitate, proprietate, trăsătură, foileton, reportaj, caracteristicăRomanian
- признак, фича, подчёркивать, свойство, подчеркнуть, особенность, черта лица, функцияRussian
- özellik taşımak, baş rôlde oynamakTurkish
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