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trait

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trait a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trait A distinguishing or marked feature; a peculiarity; as, a trait of character.
    • Trait A stroke; a touch. "By this single trait Homer makes an essential difference between the Iliad and Odyssey."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trait A stroke; a touch.
    • n trait A distinguishing or peculiar feature; a peculiarity: as, a trait of character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trait trā or trāt a drawing: a touch: a feature.
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Quotations

  • William James
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    “If you want a trait, act as if you already have the trait.”
  • Van Wyck Brooks
    Van Wyck Brooks
    “Nothing is so soothing to our self esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.”
  • Thomas Hardy
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    “I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on, projecting trait and trace through time to times anon, and leaping from place to place over oblivion.”
  • David Seabury
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    “Good humor isn't a trait of character, it is an art which requires practice.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “It is a beautiful trait in the lovers character, that they think no evil of the object loved.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. tractus, fr. trahere, to draw. See Trace (v.), and cf. Tract a region, Trace a strap, Tret
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. tractus, trahĕre, to draw.

Usage

In literature:

Slavery was a sectional trait that would not down, but in the West it could not remain sectional.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
The writer has met with a number of such instances, and they have always been found to have been family traits.
"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" by Peter Charles Remondino
It remains now to notice the trait of treachery on the part of sister or mother towards brother or son.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
A large part of the pleasure of reading him comes from this trait.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
Her mental makeup in this respect constantly reminds the psychologist of the traits of a hysteric woman.
"Psychology and Social Sanity" by Hugo Münsterberg
With intense and variable feeling, he possessed the traits of slower natures.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
And by what traits do we recognise the citizen of New York?
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
We see, by a thousand traits, that his ideal was formed much earlier than is common with ordinary children.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Now came the first evidence of that initiative which was such a conspicuous trait in the young man.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
This trait we may fairly consider to be the deepest of her nature.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
These personal traits do not explain him.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
They have many noble and generous traits, but lack delicacy of feeling.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
This transmission of racial traits we call race heredity.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
This taste, which lasted through all his young manhood, is the one early indication of the traits that were later to develop.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
Similarly with other assemblages of objects which are alike in their primary traits but unlike in their secondary traits.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
What common trait so marks these warring products of mind, that we call them by one name?
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
He had the shorter nose and longer upper lip of his sister rather than the fine traits of his brother.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
It has too many genial traits, and is devoid of the passion of hate.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
One of the most pleasing traits of her character was the large tolerance and substantial sympathy she showed to fallen women.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
Perhaps, of all his traits, none weighed more heavily in his favour than this one.
"Gerald Fitzgerald The Chevalier" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

"Who show these different traits and tricks
When bedtime hour comes duly--
Banana-kind and Orange-kind;
Now which kind are you, truly?"
"December" by Nancy Byrd Turner
"The simple tastes, the kindly traits,
The tranquil air, and gentle speech,
The silence of the soul that waits
For more than man to teach.
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Peace, peace, the men of God cry, ye be bold,
The world hath known, 'tis Heaven who claims him now,
And in our railings we but cast aside
The noble traits he bid us hold.
"In Memoriam" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
For an idle lad,
As he was, Jack had
No traits, after all, that were very bad.
He, was simply Jack,
With the coat on his back
Patched up in all colors from gray to black.
"Jack And Jill" by Clara Doty Bates
Let others sound the praise of trait'rous Love,
Let others weave the light fantastic dream,
To loftier regions shall my fancy rove,
My artless lyre shall boast a nobler theme.
"To My Best Friend" by Laura Sophia Temple
His comrades are his own high fancies
And thoughts in which his soul romances;
And every part of heaven or earth
He visits, lo, assumes new worth;
And touched with loftier traits and trances
Re-shines as with a lovelier birth.
"The Poet" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Weedkiller in waterways can change frogs' sex traits.
Our President showed wisdom and traits of a humble person.
It's also the defining trait of the best actors .
Hollow hair and other traits allow the animals to sustain speeds close to 60 mph, which just happens to be longer than the cheetah can muster.
The US Department of Justice has ended an antitrust investigation into Monsanto's soybean genetic traits business and the seed industry, the company said Friday.
The US Department of Justice has ended an antitrust investigation into Monsanto Co's soybean genetic traits business and the seed industry, the company said.
Common traits of Asperger 's and their consequences.
Greenhouse Grower's Head Grower Of The Year Joe Moore reveals the three character traits he looks for when assembling his growing team.
Stone shows she's funny and relatable, two traits that have helped her develop into a superstar.
Then the researchers will try to make connections between the bacteria and certain traits expressed by the cattle.
NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and his brother, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, share many traits.
I'm quite the book junkie, which is a nice trait for someone who earns a living writing.
Pioneer Hi- Bred, a DuPont business, has added 33 new soybean products to its lineup for 2012 to provide growers improved traits and yield-boosting qualities.
Teachers and administrators dressed as pirates to discuss the positive character traits to learn, and the negative ones to avoid.
The gifts were carefully selected to match the behavioral traits of each animal.
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In science:

In this model, the contribution to the fitness of a trait of species i depends not only on other traits of the same species, but on a certain number, C, of randomly chosen traits of Si other species to which species i is connected.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Evolutionary stable states and attractor tra jectories in trait space can be found.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Changing a gene to optimize one trait may negatively affect other traits that are already at an optimum for a particular environment.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
When Y and Z are not independent, problem (1.1) can be traited by conditionning with respect to the noise Z .
Testing distribution in deconvolution problems
Genetic model testing and statistical power in populationbased association studies of quantitative traits.
Robust Tests in Genome-Wide Scans under Incomplete Linkage Disequilibrium
Nielsen, D. M. and Weir, B. S. (1999). A classical setting for associations between markers and loci affecting quantitative traits.
Robust Tests in Genome-Wide Scans under Incomplete Linkage Disequilibrium
In genome-wide association studies, tens of thousands of tests are performed simultaneously to find if any genes are associated with some traits and those tests are correlated.
Control of the False Discovery Rate Under Arbitrary Covariance Dependence
Genome-wide association studies for common diseases and complex traits.
Asymptotic optimality of the Westfall--Young permutation procedure for multiple testing under dependence
Genome-wide association studies for complex traits: Consensus, uncertainty and challenges.
Asymptotic optimality of the Westfall--Young permutation procedure for multiple testing under dependence
If a person regularly contributes to two review sites under different accounts, anyone can easily link them, since most people tend to consistently maintain their traits in writing reviews.
Exploring Linkablility of Community Reviewing
Cultural Trait Evolution: A Simulation Study.
Dismantling the Mantel tests
In this scenario, “structure” is to be seen as probabilistic trait.
Semi-Quantitative Group Testing
Therefore, modularity understood as a reduction in the number of traits that can be affected by a single mutation, does not necessarily provide a fitness advantage and cannot explain the increase in complexity observed over evolutionary time scales.
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
First, evolvability is a selectable trait and will be selected for in a changing environment .
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
Rare variant association analysis methods for complex traits.
Assessment of Pooled Association Tests for Rare Genetic Variants within a Unified Framework
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