See also: traït
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: trā, trāt, IPA(key): /tɹeɪ/, /tɹeɪt/
- (General American) enPR: trāt, IPA(key): /tɹeɪt/
- Rhymes: -eɪ, -eɪt
- Homophones: tray, trey (one pronunciation)
trait (plural traits)
- (biology, psychology) an identifying characteristic, habit or trend
- 1856, Ralph Waldo Emerson, English Traits, Truth:
- The English, of all classes, value themselves on this trait, as distinguishing them from the French, who, in the popular belief, are more polite than true.
- 1916, John Dewey, Democracy and Education:
- The positive and constructive aspect of possibility gives the key to understanding the two chief traits of immaturity, dependence and plasticity.
- The number one personality trait I hate is hypocrisy. Why can't you be consistent!?
- (object-oriented programming) An uninstantiable collection of methods that provides functionality to a class by using the class’s own interface.
- Traits are somewhat between an interface and a mixin, as an interface contains only method signatures, while a trait includes also the full method definitions. On the other hand, mixins include method definitions, but they can also carry state through attributes, while traits usually don't.
- See also Thesaurus:characteristic
an identifying characteristic, habit or trend
- trait at OneLook Dictionary Search
trait m (plural traits)
- color of a mineral
- (dated) the action of hauling or pulling (by an animal of burden)
- (dated) straps or cords placed on an animal of burden and attached to the vehicle which the animal pulls
- (obsolete) an action reflecting a favorable or adverse intention by one person toward another
- a remarkable or influential historical event
- a particular passage in a speech that is well-written; an excellent or appealing characteristic of a speech
- a vibrant, brilliant, or innovative idea
- (religion) verses sung in a Mass between the gradual and the gospel reading
- connection or link between one thing and another
- (geology) color of the dust produced by a mineral
- (chess, checkers) the privilege of taking the first turn/move
- (oriented-object programming) trait
- third-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular past historic of
- past participle of
- “trait” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).