(redirected from Car feature)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.


TV, Radio a programme given special prominence on radio or television as indicated by attendant publicity


(computer science)
In automatic pattern recognition, a property of an image that is useful for its interpretation.


1. A good property or behaviour (as of a program). Whether it was intended or not is immaterial.

2. An intended property or behaviour (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 behaviour; 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.

4. A property or behaviour 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 behaviour that was put in to help someone else but that happens to be in your way.

6. 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 catch-phrase. Apparently there is a Volkswagen Beetle in San Francisco whose license plate reads "FEATURE".

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 euphemism for a bug.

7. An attribute or function of a class in Eiffel.
References in periodicals archive ?
Aside from the very useful parked car feature, iOS 10's Apple Maps update also comes with a feature that lets users hail an Uber.
won the fastest USAC Sprint car feature race in history at Phoenix International Raceway, averaging 134.
Each Quadrifoglio NRING car features exclusive Circuito Gray paint and carbon fibre trim.
The car features "ice cube" LED fog lamps similar to those on the cee'd GT, bespoke 17in alloys, twin exhaust tips, chrome window trim, a gloss black roof spoiler and an interior finished in synthetic leather, as well as featuring aluminium pedals.
The car features Hyundai's new "cascading grille" family design and what the company describes as aggressive styling.
As automobiles adopt automotive Ethernet to provide advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle-to-X (V2X) communication, infotainment and other connected car features, manufacturers need to ensure these networks are unaffected by electromagnetic interference normally found in vehicles.
The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car features a resonator made of glass fiber reinforced Zytel Plus 95G35 which is tuned to reduce the typical high-frequency air intake sound to a lower level.
Dallas-based carrier AT&T's (NYSE: T) The AT&T Drive Studio and Sweden-based communications technology firm Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have released data from a new study documenting the significant influence that connected car features and services are expected to have on customers' vehicle purchase decisions in the future.
The car features Mercedes' 'Intelligent Drive' system that made a debut on the S-Class and E-Class sedans.
Decked out in matt grey paint, which Citroen is calling Moondark, the car features plenty of carbon trim.