What does feature mean?

Definitions for feature
ˈfi tʃərfea·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. feature, characteristicnoun

    a prominent attribute or aspect of something

    "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"

  2. feature, lineamentnoun

    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"

  3. feature, feature filmnoun

    the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater

    "the feature tonight is `Casablanca'"

  4. feature, feature articlenoun

    a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine

    "they ran a feature on retirement planning"

  5. feature of speech, featurenoun

    (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind

  6. featureverb

    an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles

  7. have, featureverb

    have as a feature

    "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"

  8. sport, feature, boastverb

    wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner

    "she was sporting a new hat"


  1. featurenoun

    One's structure or make-up; form, shape, bodily proportions.

  2. featurenoun

    An important or main item.

  3. featurenoun

    A long, prominent, article or item in the media, or the department that creates them; frequently used technically to distinguish content from news.

  4. featurenoun

    Any of the physical constituents of the face (eyes, nose, etc.).

  5. featurenoun

    A beneficial capability of a piece of software.

  6. featurenoun

    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.

  7. featurenoun

    Something discerned from physical evidence that helps define, identify, characterize, and interpret an archeological site.

  8. featurenoun

    Characteristic forms or shapes of a part. For example, a hole, boss, slot, cut, chamfer, or fillet.

  9. featureverb

    To ascribe the greatest importance to something within a certain context.

  10. featureverb

    To star, to contain.

  11. featureverb

    to appear; to make an appearance.

  12. Etymology: From feture, from faiture, from factura.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Featurenoun

    Etymology: faiture, old French.

    Report the feature of Octavia, her years. William Shakespeare.

    Though ye be the fairest of God’s creatures,
    Yet think that death shall spoil your goodly features. Edmund Spenser.

    We may compare the face of a great man with the character, and try if we can find out in his looks and features the haughty, cruel, or unmerciful temper that discovers itself in the history. Joseph Addison, on ancient Medals.

    Though various features did the sisters grace,
    A sister’s likeness was in every face. Joseph Addison, Ovid’s Met.

  2. To Featureverb

    To resemble in countenance; to favour.

    He liv’d in court most prais’d, most lov’d,
    A sample to the young’st; to th’ more mature,
    A glass that featur’d them. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.


  1. feature

    A feature is a distinctive attribute, characteristic, or aspect of a product, service, or system that provides a specific functionality or benefit. It is something that sets an item apart, making it stand out or uniquely useful to users. Features are designed to address specific needs or requirements and can contribute to the overall value, usability, and attractiveness of a product or service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Featurenoun

    the make, form, or outward appearance of a person; the whole turn or style of the body; esp., good appearance

  2. Featurenoun

    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

  3. Featurenoun

    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

  4. Featurenoun

    a form; a shape

  5. Etymology: [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.]


  1. Feature

    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

  1. Feature

    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. feature

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. feature

    An accurate form for a specific purpose.

    Our facial features are so beautiful in every human being, our love shines from our hearts and souls through our eyes.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2020  

  2. feature

    The use or structure of.

    The house had a beautiful water feature within the garden.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'feature' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1882

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'feature' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3433

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'feature' in Nouns Frequency: #317

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'feature' in Verbs Frequency: #491

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of feature in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of feature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of feature in a Sentence

  1. Richard Seewald:

    We think there are too many feature-driven cyber security companies that are going to be either folded into a larger acquirer or not move forward at all, that is exactly where we are not investing.

  2. Congrui Jin:

    The very important feature of this technology is its autonomous nature, and it doesn’t require any human intervention, we initially just need to provide small quantities of spores to start this process, and the rest is automatic.

  3. Dan Bulay:

    Most people do not think about utilizing the treadmill’s incline feature, but most research will support the idea that the metabolic cost of walking on an incline will dramatically increase the difficulty of the workout.

  4. Jennie Connor:

    Fairly poor measures of consumption are a feature of these kinds of studies.

  5. Clive Schofield:

    The legal character of the feature will not change no matter how large the civilian population becomes, or what economic activities take place there.

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  • ميزةArabic
  • сифатBashkir
  • особеност, черта, характеризирам, подчертавам, свойство, признакBulgarian
  • tretCatalan, Valencian
  • rys, funkceCzech
  • feature, træk, ansigtstrækDanish
  • Hauptrolle, herausstellen, Besonderheit, aufweisen, Eigentümlichkeit, bieten, Funktion, Merkmal, Charakteristikum, Eigenschaft, Sonderbeitrag, Feature, mitspielen, besonders, darbieten, FeuilletonGerman
  • característica, priorizar, aparecer, protagonizar, rasgoSpanish
  • خصوصیاتPersian
  • toiminnallisuus, toiminto, piirre, ominaisuus, kasvonpiirre, pääjuttuFinnish
  • particularité, caractéristique, fonctionnalité, trait, visage, spécialitéFrench
  • gnéchlárIrish
  • ard-skeealManx
  • सुविधाHindi
  • arcvonás, vonásHungarian
  • lineamenti, tratti somatici, caratteristica, connotatiItalian
  • フィーチャーJapanese
  • tūāhuaMāori
  • benadrukken, gelaatstrek, oplichten, bevatten, laten, eigenschap, verslag, hoofdartikel, trek, metDutch
  • trekkNorwegian
  • funkcjonalnośćPolish
  • habilidade, traço, priorizar, característica, funcionalidadePortuguese
  • reportaj, foileton, trăsătură, particularitate, caracteristică, proprietateRomanian
  • черта лица, признак, фича, подчёркивать, свойство, подчеркнуть, особенность, функцияRussian
  • ఫీచర్Telugu
  • ลักษณะThai
  • baş rôlde oynamak, özellik taşımakTurkish
  • особливістьUkrainian
  • 特征Chinese

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