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Definition: attribute


(1) In relational database management, a field within a record.

(2) In object technology, a single element of data. See instance attribute and static attribute.

(3) For printers and display screens, a characteristic that changes a font, for example, from normal to bold or underlined, or from normal to reverse video.

(4) In an XML document, a sub element defined within an element. In the following example, GENDER and AGE are attributes within the PERSON element:






(5) A file access classification that determines how a file is retrieved, erased or backed up. See file attribute.