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Feature definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FE'ATURE, n. [L. factura, a making, from facio, to make.]
1. The make, form or cast of any part of the face; any single lineament. We speak of large features or small features. We see a resemblance in the features of a parent and of a child.
2. The make or cast of the face.
Report the feature of Octavia, her years.
3. The fashion; the make; the whole turn or cast of the body.
4. The make or form of any part of the surface of a thing, as of a country or landscape.
5. Lineament; outline; prominent parts; as the features of a treaty.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics" [syn: feature, characteristic]
2: the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin; "an expression of pleasure crossed his features"; "his lineaments were very regular" [syn: feature, lineament]
3: the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater; "the feature tonight is `Casablanca'" [syn: feature, feature film]
4: a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine; "they ran a feature on retirement planning" [syn: feature, feature article]
5: (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind [syn: feature of speech, feature]
6: an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles v
1: have as a feature; "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France" [syn: have, feature] [ant: lack, miss]
2: wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner; "she was sporting a new hat" [syn: sport, feature, boast]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English feture, from Anglo-French, from Latin factura act of making, from factus, past participle of facere to make more at do Date: 14th century 1. a. the structure, form, or appearance especially of a person b. obsolete physical beauty 2. a. the makeup or appearance of the face or its parts b. a part of the face ; lineament 3. a. a prominent part or characteristic b. any of the properties (as voice or gender) that are characteristic of a grammatical element (as a phoneme or morpheme); especially one that is distinctive 4. a special attraction: as a. a featured motion picture b. a featured article, story, or department in a newspaper or magazine c. something offered to the public or advertised as particularly attractive <one of the car's most popular features> featureless adjective II. verb (featured; featuring) Date: circa 1755 transitive verb 1. chiefly dialect to resemble in features 2. to picture or portray in the mind ; imagine 3. a. to give special prominence to <the exhibit features local artists> b. to have as a characteristic or feature <a menu featuring many options> intransitive verb to play an important part

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a distinctive or characteristic part of a thing. 2 (usu. in pl.) a distinctive part of the face, esp. with regard to shape and visual effect. 3 a distinctive or regular article in a newspaper or magazine. 4 a (in full feature film) a full-length film intended as the main item in a cinema programme. b (in full feature programme) a broadcast devoted to a particular topic. --v. 1 tr. make a special display or attraction of; give special prominence to. 2 tr. & intr. have as or be an important actor, participant, or topic in a film, broadcast, etc. 3 intr. be a feature. Derivatives: featured adj. (also in comb.). featureless adj. Etymology: ME f. OF feture, faiture form f. L factura formation: see FACTURE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Feature Fea"ture (?; 135), n. [OE. feture form, shape, feature, OF. faiture fashion, make, fr. L. factura a making, formation, fr. facere, factum, to make. See Feat, Fact, and cf. Facture.] 1. The make, form, or outward appearance of a person; the whole turn or style of the body; esp., good appearance. What needeth it his feature to descrive? --Chaucer. Cheated of feature by dissembling nature. --Shak. 2. The make, cast, or appearance of the human face, and especially of any single part of the face; a lineament. (pl.) The face, the countenance. It is for homely features to keep home. --Milton. 3. 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. And to her service bind each living creature Through secret understanding of their feature. --Spenser. 4. A form; a shape. [R.] So scented the grim feature, and upturned His nostril wide into the murky air. --Milton.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(features, featuring, featured) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. A feature of something is an interesting or important part or characteristic of it. Patriotic songs have long been a feature of Kuwaiti life... The spacious gardens are a special feature of this property... N-COUNT: with supp, oft N of n 2. Your features are your eyes, nose, mouth, and other parts of your face. His features seemed to change... Her features were strongly defined. N-PLURAL: usu poss N 3. When something such as a film or exhibition features a particular person or thing, they are an important part of it. It's a great movie and it features a Spanish actor who is going to be a world star within a year... This spectacular event, now in its 5th year, features a stunning catwalk show. = include VERB: V n, V n 4. If someone or something features in something such as a show, exhibition, or magazine, they are an important part of it. Jon featured in one of the show's most thrilling episodes. VERB: V in/on n 5. A feature is a special article in a newspaper or magazine, or a special programme on radio or television. ...a special feature on the fund-raising project. N-COUNT: oft N on n 6. A feature or a feature film or movie is a full-length film about a fictional situation, as opposed to a short film or a documentary. ...the first feature-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. N-COUNT: usu N n 7. A geographical feature is something noticeable in a particular area of country, for example a hill, river, or valley. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Lineament. 2. Cast of the face, turn of expression. 3. Fashion, make, conformation, aspect, appearance. 4. Outline, prominent part. 5. Characteristic, trait, point, item, mark.

Moby Thesaurus

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