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[fee-cher] /ˈfi tʃər/
noun
1.
a prominent or conspicuous part or characteristic:
Tall buildings were a new feature on the skyline.
2.
something offered as a special attraction:
This model has several added features.
3.
Also called feature film. the main motion picture in a movie program:
What time is the feature?
4.
any part of the face, as the nose, chin, or eyes:
prominent features.
5.
features, the face; countenance:
to compose one's features for the photographers.
6.
the form or cast of the face:
delicate of feature.
7.
a column, cartoon, etc., appearing regularly in a newspaper or magazine.
9.
Archaic. make, form, or shape.
verb (used with object), featured, featuring.
10.
to be a feature or distinctive mark of:
It was industrial expansion that featured the last century.
11.
to make a feature of; give prominence to:
to feature a story or picture in a newspaper.
12.
to delineate the main characteristics of; depict; outline.
13.
Informal. to conceive of; imagine; fancy:
He couldn't quite feature himself as a bank president.
14.
Older Use. to resemble in features; favor.
verb (used without object), featured, featuring.
15.
to play a major part.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; 1905-10 for def 3; Middle English feture < Anglo-French, Middle French faiture < Latin factūra a making. See fact, -ure
Related forms
transfeature, verb (used with object), transfeatured, transfeaturing.
underfeature, noun
Synonyms
1. Feature, characteristic, peculiarity refer to a distinctive trait of an individual or of a class. Feature suggests an outstanding or marked property that attracts attention: Complete harmony was a feature of the convention. Characteristic means a distinguishing mark or quality (or one of such) always associated in one's mind with a particular person or thing: Defiance is one of his characteristics. Peculiarity means that distinct or unusual characteristic that marks off an individual in the class to which he, she, or it belongs: A blue-black tongue is a peculiarity of the chow chow.
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Examples for features
  • Photos that are uploaded later are scanned for physical features and can be tagged and stored.
  • Manufacturers are focused on the hardware features and specs, but that's not what consumers care about.
  • The latest movie news and special features on actors, directors and movie studios.
  • The delay is caused by the extra security features built into the new driving licence.
  • The faces were masculinised and feminised versions of the same features.
  • Apple isn't a company that adds features which aren't universally supported.
  • Local tastes and needs, as well as the state, are endowing it with distinctive features.
  • Once the fundamental features were uncovered, the decorating began.
  • Of course, design features are always a matter of subjective perception.
  • The shed features a recycled door and windows that let in plenty of light.
British Dictionary definitions for features

feature

/ˈfiːtʃə/
noun
1.
any one of the parts of the face, such as the nose, chin, or mouth
2.
a prominent or distinctive part or aspect, as of a landscape, building, book, etc
3.
the principal film in a programme at a cinema
4.
an item or article appearing regularly in a newspaper, magazine, etc a gardening feature
5.
Also called feature story. a prominent story in a newspaper, etc a feature on prison reform
6.
a programme given special prominence on radio or television as indicated by attendant publicity
7.
an article offered for sale as a special attraction, as in a large retail establishment
8.
(archaic) general form or make-up
9.
(linguistics) a quality of a linguistic unit at some level of description grammatical feature, semantic feature
verb
10.
(transitive) to have as a feature or make a feature of
11.
to give prominence to (an actor, famous event, etc) in a film or (of an actor, etc) to have prominence in a film
12.
(transitive) (US, informal) to imagine; consider I can't feature that happening
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French feture, from Latin factūra a making, from facere to make
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Word Origin and History for features
feature
early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. feture, from O.Fr. faiture "fashion, shape, form," from L. factura "a formation, a working," from pp. stem of facere "make, do, perform" (see factitious). Sense of "facial characteristic" is mid-14c.; that of "any distinctive part" first recorded 1690s. The verb sense of "make special display or attraction of" is 1888. Related: Featured; features; featuring.
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