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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun feature:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb feature:


The word feature and its family (featured, features, featuring) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun feature

What does feature mean as a name of something?

Feature is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: features

  1. a prominent attribute or aspect of something
  2. the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin
    • example: an expression of pleasure crossed his features
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonym of feature: lineament
    • more generic term: body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
    • more specific words:
      • mentum / chin = the protruding part of the lower jaw
      • forehead / brow = the part of the face above the eyes
      • temple = the flat area on either side of the forehead
      • cheek = either side of the face below the eyes
      • jowl = a fullness and looseness of the flesh of the lower cheek and jaw
      • jaw = the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it
    • part of: face / human face = the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear
  3. the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater
  4. a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine
    • example: they ran a feature on retirement planning
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of feature: feature article
    • more generic word: article = nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication
    • part of: newspaper / paper = a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; mag / magazine = a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it
  5. (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind
  6. an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles

Alternative definition of the noun feature


  1. [obsolete] One's structure or make-up; form, shape, bodily proportions.
  2. An important or main item.
  3. [media] A long, prominent, article or item in the media, or the department that creates them; frequently used technically to distinguish content from news.
  4. Any of the physical constituents of the face (eyes, nose, etc.).
  5. [computing] A beneficial capability of a piece of software.
  6. 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. [archeology] Something discerned from physical evidence that helps define, identify, characterize, and interpret an archeological site.
  8. [engineering] Characteristic forms or shapes of a part. For example, a hole, boss, slot, cut, chamfer, or fillet.

Definition of the verb feature

What does feature mean as a doing word?

Feature is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: featured | featuring | features

  1. have as a feature
    • example: This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of feature: have
    • more specific terms:
      • wear = have or show an appearance of
      • bear / wear = have on one's person
      • carry = have a certain range
      • carry = be equipped with
      • bear = have
      • give off = have as a by-product
      • combine / unite = have or possess in combination
      • star = feature as the star
      • boast / sport = wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
      • possess = have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill
      • involve / imply = have as a necessary feature
      • bristle = have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles
      • bristle / abound / burst = be in a state of movement or action
      • brim = be completely full
      • carry / pack / take = have with oneself
      • read / say = have or contain a certain wording or form
      • wear = have in one's aspect
      • carry = have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence
  2. wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of feature: boast / sport
    • more generic word: have = have as a feature


Feature a.k.a. Feature Recordings is a record label.


"Feature" is a musical album of Ernst Reijseger.

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  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.
    • also known as Features
  2. Feature: In computer vision and image processing, a feature is a piece of information which is relevant for solving the computational task related to a certain application. Features may be specific structures in the image such as points, edges or objects. Features may also be the result of a general neighborhood operation or feature detection applied to the image.
  3. Feature in archaeology and especially excavation has several different but allied meanings. A feature is a collection of one or more contexts representing some human non-portable activity that generally has a vertical characteristic to it in relation to site stratigraphy. Examples of features are pits, walls, and ditches. General horizontal elements in the stratigraphic sequence, such as layers, dumps, or surfaces are not referred to as features. Examples of surfaces include yards, roads, and floors. Features are distinguished from artifacts in that they cannot be separated from their location without changing their form.
  4. Feature: A feature is a concept applied to several fields of linguistics, typically involving the assignment of binary or unary conditions which act as constraints.
  5. Feature a.k.a. Software feature: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers defines the term feature in IEEE 829 as "A distinguishing characteristic of a software item.
  6. Feature a.k.a. Feature recognition: The term "feature" implies different meanings in different engineering disciplines. This has resulted in many ambiguous definitions for feature. A feature, in computer-aided design, usually refers to a region of a part with some interesting geometric or topological properties. These are more precisely called form features. Form features contain both shape information and parametric information of a region of interest. They are now ubiquitous in most current CAD software, where they are used as the primary means of creating 3D geometric models. Examples or form features are extruded boss, loft, etc. Form feature is not the only type of feature that is discussed in CAD literature. Sometimes a part's functional or manufacturing features of the subject of attention. Although it is quite possible to see form features and manufacturing features are called by the same name, they are not exactly the same concepts. For example, one may either use the name "pocket" to refer to a swept cut on the boundary of a part model, or to refer to a trace left on the part boundary by a specific machining operation.

Phrases with Feature

Phrases starting with the word Feature:

  1. feature film
  2. Feature creep
  3. feature article
  4. feature of speech

Phrases ending with the word Feature:

  1. to feature
  2. Anti-Feature
  3. Albedo feature
  4. double feature
  5. Facial Feature
  6. safety feature
  7. Creature Feature
  8. attractive feature
  9. distinctive feature
  10. psychological feature

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Feature

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Google previewEmotion (2014)

by Annett Schirmer

A second feature is an extensive use of crosschapter referencing. Thus, additional...

A third feature is that all technical terms relevant for understanding chapter content are highlighted and specifically defined. In most...

Google previewTransforming Enterprise Cloud Services (2010)

by William Y Chang, Hosame Abu-Amara, Jessica Feng Sanford

The second feature is an image filter that is applied to an image at publish and retrieve times to remove unwanted information in the...

Google previewAutomatic Control in Aerospace 1989 (2014)

Selected Papers from the IFAC Symposium, Tsukuba, Japan, 17-21 July 1989 by T. Nishimura

The first feature is that emphasis is placed on stability rather than accuracy of attitude for the quality of the pictures obtained by the MESSR. This necessitates continuous magnetic unloading. The second feature is that unsymmetrical ...

Google previewMathematics Curriculum, Teacher Professionalism, and Supporting Policies in Korea and the United States (2015)

Summary of a Workshop by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Policy and Global Affairs, Board on International Scientific Organizations, U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction

A second feature is that the CCSS aim to develop understanding over time.

A third distinguishing feature is the positioning of the standards for mathematical practice (SMPs).

Google previewA Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences, Embracing the Entire Range of Scientific and Practical Meicine and Allied Science (1916)

by Albert Henry Buck, Thomas Lathrop Stedman

The typical feature is the presence of the influenza bacillus, which may be observed in stained specimens. It is not intracellular and is gram negative. Pneumococcus meningitis, as stated, may occur as a sequel of pneumonia, less often ...

Google previewLanguage Teacher Identities (2008)

Co-constructing Discourse and Community by Matthew Clarke

One key feature is the multifunctional nature of language where discourse is seen as constitutive at the levels of systems of...

A third key feature is that text is a process involving meaning making practices in particular situations for particular ...

Google previewThe Celtic Way of Evangelism (2000)

How Christianity Can Reach the West . . . Again by George G Hunter III

The theory's first feature is the first persona—Hammerback's term for the person whom the ...

Google previewHuman capital preliminary observations on proposed regulations for DOD's National Security Personnel system : testimony before the Committee on Armed Services

The first positive feature is that the proposed regulations provide for many elements of a flexible and contemporary human resources management system —such as pay bands and pay for performance. The second positive feature is that the ...

Google previewCrime Analysis With Crime Mapping (2012)

by Rachel Boba Santos

A point feature is a discrete location that is usually depicted on a GIS-generated map by a symbol or label. A point feature is analogous to a pin placed on a paper wall map. A GIS uses different symbols to depict the locations of data relevant to ...

Google previewGold Tested in Fire (2012)

A New Pentecost for the Catholic Priesthood by Ronald D. Witherup

The third feature is the emphasis on intellectual formation of priests (51). PDV is quite insistent on this point. The complexities of modern life, especially in the area of moral theology, demand not less but more intellectually sophisticated ...

Google previewThe Biopsychology of Mood and Arousal (1990)

by Robert E. Thayer

The first feature is that mood involves conscious awareness. Moods may be judged by behaviors, or they may even be inferred by bodily postures, but first and foremost, mood is part of consciousness. Certainly no conclusions concerning ...

Google previewSkiing Trauma and Safety (1989)

Seventh International Symposium by Robert J. Johnson, C. Daniel Mote

A second feature is the binding's ability to release according to virtually any preprogrammed locus of the combination of moments in both bending and torsion. A third feature is a release mechanism that is insensitive to the common frictional ...

Google previewNational Innovation Systems (1993)

A Comparative Analysis by Richard R. Nelson

The first structural feature is the ability of a small population to produce high living standards from the production of...

The second structural feature is that the small population and high wages led to ...

Google previewTheory of Automatic Robot Assembly and Programming (1993)

by B. O. Nnaji

Dixon defined feature as "A feature is any geometric form or entity uniquely defined by its boundaries, or any uniquely...

Google previewComparative Politics: Structures and Choices (2009)

by Lowell Barrington

The first feature is an official ideology. Totalitarian ideology includes a blueprint for restructuring society and justification...

Google previewAmerican florist (1912)

A noteworthy feature is the many fine plants that are being grown on for...

One notable feature is a fine stock of Ficus elastica and F. pandurata. The old fashioned rubber plant is still on the job, so to ...

Google previewInorganic Chemistry (2000)

by Gary Wulfsberg

A second unique feature is the magnetic properties of these ions — they may have unpaired electrons, which results in...

A fourth feature is that the (/-block metal ions may bond well with certain types of ligands such as carbon monoxide (the ...

Google previewThe Ecclesiologist (1857)

The best feature is the campanile, which is of the Venetian type boldly treated : its lower part is blank, with an enriched...

Google previewDictionary of Information Science and Technology (2012)

by Mehdi Khosrowpour

Feature: 1. a standard element characterized by both technological and geometrical parameters that have meaning in the definition and machining ofa part (Dolgui et al., 2008a) 2. a functionality used to differ ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Solar System (2006)

by Lucy-Ann McFadden, Torrence Johnson, Paul Weissman

feature, displayed in Fig. 11a, was attributed to an SO bond and was suggested to be due to implantation of sulfurions into the ice lattice on the trailing hemisphere. HST measurements confirmed the absorption feature, and it was suggested ...

Google previewDictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics (2011)

by David Crystal

feature (n.) A term used in LINGUISTICS and PHONETICS to refer to any typical ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics (2013)

by R.L. Trask

feature cooccurrence restriction 102 example is the feature [PLURAL] in English, which can only have the values [—] and [+], representing singular and plural number respectively. A feature which has more than two possible values is said to ...

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Quotes about Feature

Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. (Thomas Paine)
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Scrabble value of F4E1A1T1U1R1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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