General English

General Science

  • noun a characteristic or quality


  • noun a field entry in a file
  • noun a piece of information concerning the display or presentation of information
  • noun a set of control data stored with and controlling particular functions or aspects of the file in some operating systems such as DOS and OS/2


  • In the context of asset or project planning, a characteristic or property that is appraised in terms of whether it does or does not exist (e.g., go or not-go) with respect to a given requirement.


  • In a computer database, a feature of a field within a record. For example, it may have a numeric attribute if it contains numbers.
  • Additional information about a computer-generated character, such as color, underlining, or blinking.
  • A characteristic of a file that imposes restrictions on its availability or use. For instance, a file may be read-only, or hidden. Also called file attribute.

Health Economics

  • (written as Attribute)
    This is a generic characteristic of something or someone. In health economics, it is often an aspect of human functioning such as activities of daily living that may form components of a measure of health status. Sometimes called ' dimension of health ' or ' domain of health'. In conjoint analysis, an attribute may be part of a vignette describing the character of, say, a service that is being valued. In clinical research, the term is used to indicate an independent variable that cannot be manipulated by the researcher.

Information & Library Science

  • verb to say that somebody did something


  • noun a single bit that defines whether the font has a particular characteristic, e.g. whether it is displayed in normal, bold or underlined