- Noun: feature feechu(r)
- A prominent attribute or aspect of something
"the map showed roads and other features"
- The characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin
"an expression of pleasure crossed his features"
- The principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theatre
"the feature tonight is 'Casablanca'"
- feature film
- A special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine
"they ran a feature on retirement planning"
- feature article
- (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind
- feature of speech
- 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"
- Wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
- sport, boast
Derived forms: features, featured, featuring
Type of: article, attribute, body part, dimension, film, flick, merchandise, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, picture, picture show, product, property, ware
- A prominent attribute or aspect of something
■ noun [C]
something important, interesting or typical of a thing or place:
Ease of use is a key feature of all their products.
The new computer system is much more powerful and has more safety and security features.
The software's distinguishing feature is its extremely simple interface.
A wireless keyboard and mouse is now a standard feature on all their machines.
a distinguishing/key/major/standard/striking/unique feature
◆ a handy/an interesting/a useful feature
◆ design/safety/security features
(in newspapers, on television, etc.) a special article or programme about sth/sb:
There's a special feature on Japan in next week's issue.
1 [+ obj]
to include a particular thing or person as a special feature:
The latest models of notebook computers feature a 30 cm screen.
The company is featured in the current edition of the magazine.
2 [no obj]
to be included as an important part of sth:
The plant does not feature in the company's plans for the future.
1 : the structure, form, or appearance esp. of a person
a : the makeup or appearance of the face or its parts
b : a part of the face
<jargon> 1. A good property or behaviour (as of a program). Whether it was intended or not is immaterial.
2. An intended property or behaviour (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 behaviour; 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.
4. A property or behaviour 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 behaviour that was put in to help someone else but that happens to be in your way.
6. 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 catch-phrase. Apparently there is a Volkswagen Beetle in San Francisco whose license plate reads "FEATURE".
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."
"Undocumented feature" is a common euphemism for a bug.
7. An attribute or function of a class in Eiffel.
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- jon screwed his features into a scowl.
- her eyes are her best feature.
- round-the-clock service features this store.
- the boy is bright-eyed and has good features.
- the party had inspirited her features.