feature vs lineament what difference

what is difference between feature and lineament



From Middle English feture, from Anglo-Norman feture, from Old French faiture, from Latin factūra. Doublet of facture.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfiːtʃə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfitʃɚ/
  • Rhymes: -iːtʃə(ɹ)


feature (plural features)

  1. (obsolete) One’s structure or make-up: form, shape, bodily proportions.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.ii:
      all the powres of nature, / Which she by art could vse vnto her will, / And to her seruice bind each liuing creature; / Through secret vnderstanding of their feature.
  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.
    1. (film) Ellipsis of feature film
  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.
  7. (archaeology) Something discerned from physical evidence that helps define, identify, characterize, and interpret an archeological site.
    • A feature of many Central Texas prehistoric archeological sites is a low spreading pile of stones called a rock midden. Other features at these sites may include small hearths.
  8. (engineering) Characteristic forms or shapes of parts. For example, a hole, boss, slot, cut, chamfer, or fillet.
  9. (statistics, machine learning) An individual measurable property or characteristic of a phenomenon being observed.
  10. (music) The act of being featured in a piece of music.
  11. (linguistics) The elements into which linguistic units can be broken down.
    Hyponyms: gender, number, person, tense


  • See also Thesaurus:characteristic

Derived terms

  • featural
  • feature article


Further reading

  • feature in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


feature (third-person singular simple present features, present participle featuring, simple past and past participle featured)

  1. (transitive) To ascribe the greatest importance to something within a certain context.
  2. (transitive) To star, to contain.
  3. (intransitive) To appear, to make an appearance.
  4. (transitive, dated) To have features resembling.
    • Sunday. Reading for the Young (page 219)
      More than his talents, Roger grudged him his looks, the brown eyes, golden hair, and oval face, which made people say how Johnny Weir featured his mother.


Middle English



  1. Alternative form of feture



From Middle French linéament, from Latin lineamentum, from linea (line).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlɪ.nɪə.mənt/


lineament (plural lineaments)

  1. Any distinctive shape or line, etc.
  2. A distinctive feature that characterizes something, especially the parts of the face of an individual.
    • 1609, Thomas Dekker, The Guls Horn-Booke, London: J.M. Dent, 1905, p. 23, [2]
      [] onely remember, that so soone as thy eyelids be unglewd, thy first exercise must be (either sitting upright on thy pillow, or rarely loling at thy bodies whole length) to yawne, to stretch, and to gape wider then any oyster-wife : for thereby thou doest not onely send out the lively spirits (like vaunt-curers) to fortifie and make good the uttermost borders of the body ; but also (as a cunning painter) thy goodly lineaments are drawne out in their fairest proportion.
    • 1791, William Blake, The French Revolution, Book I, 31-32, [3]
      [] a mask of iron on his face hid the lineaments
      Of ancient Kings, and the frown of the eternal lion was hid from the oppressed earth.
    • 1923, James Stephens, Deirdre, London: Macmillan, Chapter VIII, p. 55, [4]
      But she could not wipe out the king’s majesty with that sponge nor alter one lineament of the portrait she had taken ten years to limn.
    • 1927, John Crowe Ransom, Dead Boy:
      A pig with a pasty face, so I had said,
      Squealing for cookies, kinned by poor pretense
      With a noble house. But the little man quite dead,
      I see the forbears’ antique lineaments.

(Can we add an example for this sense?)



  • lineament in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


  • alinement

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