1 Any attribute of a sensory stimulus (1, 2, 3). A local feature is an attribute of part of the stimulus, and a global feature is an attribute of the stimulus as a whole. See also acoustic feature, characteristic features, concept, defining properties, distinctive feature, feature comparison model, feature detection theory, feature detector, feature integration theory, feature search, levels of processing, prototype theory.
2 More specifically, any of the distinctive parts of the face, such as the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, or chin. [From Old French faiture a feature, from Latin factura a making, from facere to make]