a prominent or conspicuous part or characteristic: Tall buildings were a new feature on the skyline.
something offered as a special attraction: This model has several added features.
Also called feature film. the main motion picture in a movie program: What time is the feature?
any part of the face, as the nose, chin, or eyes: prominent features.
features, the face; countenance: to compose one's features for the photographers.
the form or cast of the face: delicate of feature.
a column, cartoon, etc., appearing regularly in a newspaper or magazine.
Archaic. make, form, or shape.
verb (used with object), featured, featuring.
to be a feature or distinctive mark of: It was industrial expansion that featured the last century.
to make a feature of; give prominence to: to feature a story or picture in a newspaper.
to delineate the main characteristics of; depict; outline.
Informal. to conceive of; imagine; fancy: He couldn't quite feature himself as a bank president.
Older Use. to resemble in features; favor.
verb (used without object), featured, featuring.
to play a major part.

1350–1400; 1905–10 for def 3; Middle English feture < Anglo-French, Middle French faiture < Latin factūra a making. See fact, -ure

transfeature, verb (used with object), transfeatured, transfeaturing.
underfeature, noun

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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feature (ˈfiːtʃə)
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
10.  (tr) 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.  informal (US) (tr) to imagine; consider: I can't feature that happening
[C14: from Anglo-French feture, from Latin factūra a making, from facere to make]

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Word Origin & History

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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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 (see computer geek, sense 2).
Example sentences
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
The delay is caused by the extra security features built into the new driving
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