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Feature may refer to:

Science & Technology

  • Feature (computer vision), could be an edge, corner or blob
  • Feature (CAD), could be a hole, pocket, or notch
  • Features (pattern recognition), in statistics, individual measurable properties of the phenomena being observed
  • Feature data, in geographic information systems, comprises information about an entity with a geographic location
  • Feature (software design) is an marketable behavior or property of a computer program, ideally documented in a design.
  • Feature (software engineering) is an increment in program development or functionality.

Linguistics

Other uses


Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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English

Etymology

From Anglo-Norman feture, from Old French faiture, from Latin factura.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
feature

Plural
features

feature (plural features)

  1. An important or main item.
  2. A long, prominent, article or item in the media, or the department that creates them; frequently used technically to distinguish content from news.
  3. One of the physical constituents of the face (eyes, nose, etc.; see features).
  4. (computing) A beneficial capability of a piece of software.
    • 2002, Sam Williams, Free as in Freedom:
      The program contained an internal feature, which allowed a user to update display text after each command keystroke.
  5. 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.
    • 1911, 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      The most prominent feature of the New England land system was the town grant, which in every case became the territorial basis of a group settlement.
  6. (archaeology) Something discerned from physical evidence that helps define, identify, characterize, and interpret an archeological site.
    • A feature of many Central Texas prehistoric archeological sites is a low spreading pile of stones called a rock midden. Other features at these sites may include small hearths.

Synonyms

Derived terms

  • featural
  • feature article

Translations

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External links

  • feature in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Verb

Infinitive
to feature

Third person singular
features

Simple past
featured

Past participle
featured

Present participle
featuring

to feature (third-person singular simple present features, present participle featuring, simple past and past participle featured)

  1. To ascribe the greatest importance to something within a certain context.
  2. To star, to contain.

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