What does attribute mean?

Definitions for attribute
əˈtrɪb yut; ˈæ trəˌbyutat·tribute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. property, attribute, dimension(noun)

    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

    "self-confidence is not an endearing property"

  2. attribute(verb)

    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

  3. impute, ascribe, assign, attribute(verb)

    attribute or credit to

    "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"

  4. assign, attribute(verb)

    decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

    "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"


  1. attribute(Noun)

    A characteristic or quality of a thing.

    His finest attribute is his kindness.

  2. attribute(Noun)

    A word that qualifies a noun.

    In the clause "My jacket is more expensive than yours", "My" is the attribute of "jacket".

  3. attribute(Noun)

    The applicable option selection; a variable or a value.

    This packet has its coherency attribute set to zero.

  4. attribute(Noun)

    That which is predicated or affirmed of a subject; a predicate; an accident.

  5. attribute(Noun)

    A semantic item with which a method, etc. may be decorated.

    There are some more implementations which use C# attributes to define custom attributes specific to the AOP engine. Then the classes that need to be intercepted will be decorated with these custom attributes.

  6. attribute(Verb)

    To ascribe (something) to a given cause, reason etc.

  7. attribute(Verb)

    To associate ownership or authorship of (something) to someone.

    This poem is attributed to Browning.

  8. Origin: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attribute(verb)

    to ascribe; to consider (something) as due or appropriate (to); to refer, as an effect to a cause; to impute; to assign; to consider as belonging (to)

  2. Attribute(noun)

    that which is attributed; a quality which is considered as belonging to, or inherent in, a person or thing; an essential or necessary property or characteristic

  3. Attribute(noun)


  4. Attribute(noun)

    a conventional symbol of office, character, or identity, added to any particular figure; as, a club is the attribute of Hercules

  5. Attribute(noun)

    quality, etc., denoted by an attributive; an attributive adjunct or adjective

  6. Origin: [L. attributum.]


  1. Attribute

    In computing, an attribute is a specification that defines a property of an object, element, or file. It may also refer to or set the specific value for a given instance of such. For clarity, attributes should more correctly be considered metadata. An attribute is frequently and generally a property of a property. However, in actual usage, the term attribute can and is often treated as equivalent to a property depending on the technology being discussed. An attribute of an object usually consists of a name and a value; of an element, a type or class name; of a file, a name and extension. ⁕Each named attribute has an associated set of rules called operations: one doesn't add characters or manipulate and process an integer array as an image object— one doesn't process text as type floating point. ⁕It follows that an object definition can be extended by imposing data typing: a representation format, a default value, and legal operations and restrictions are all potentially involved in defining an attribute, or conversely, may be spoken of as attributes of that object's type. A JPEG file is not decoded by the same operations as a PNG or BMP file, nor is a floating point typed number operated upon by the rules applied to typed long integers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attribute

    at-trib′ūt, v.t. to ascribe, assign, or consider as belonging.—adj. Attrib′utable.—ns. At′tribute, that which is attributed: that which is inherent in, or inseparable from, anything: that which can be predicated of anything: a quality or property; Attribū′tion, act of attributing: that which is attributed: commendation.—adj. Attrib′utive, expressing an attribute.—n. a word denoting an attribute. [L. attribuĕre, -tributumad, to, tribu-ĕre, to give.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attribute' in Nouns Frequency: #2604

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attribute' in Verbs Frequency: #652

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attribute in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attribute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of attribute in a Sentence

  1. David Tuan:

    I attribute that to the slowdown in oil prices.

  2. La Rochefoucauld:

    We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with us.

  3. Jean de La Fontaine:

    We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Forgiveness is not a sign of weakness; it is an attribute of bravery.

  5. Mahatma Gandhi:

    The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

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