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Variable vs. Attribute

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Variableadjective

Able to vary.

‘variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity’;

Attributenoun

A characteristic or quality of a thing.

‘His finest attribute is his kindness.’;

Variableadjective

Likely to vary.

Attributenoun

(grammar) A word that qualifies a noun, a qualifier.

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

Variableadjective

Marked by diversity or difference.

Attributenoun

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

Variableadjective

(mathematics) Having no fixed quantitative value.

Attributenoun

An option or setting belonging to some object.

‘This packet has its coherency attribute set to zero.’; ‘A file with the read-only attribute set cannot be overwritten.’;

Variableadjective

(biology) Tending to deviate from a normal or recognized type.

Attributenoun

(programming) A semantic item with which a method or other code element may be decorated.

‘Properties can be marked as obsolete with an attribute, which will cause the compiler to generate a warning if they are used.’;

Variablenoun

Something that is variable.

Attributenoun

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Variablenoun

Something whose value may be dictated or discovered.

‘There are several variables to consider here.’;

Attributenoun

A numeric value representing the colours of part of the screen display.

Variablenoun

(mathematics) A quantity that may assume any one of a set of values.

Attributeverb

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

Variablenoun

(mathematics) A symbol representing a variable.

Attributeverb

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

‘This poem is attributed to Browning.’;

Variablenoun

(programming) A named memory location in which a program can store intermediate results and from which it can read them.

Attributeverb

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).

‘We attribute nothing to God that hath any repugnancy or contradiction in it.’; ‘The merit of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact performer.’;

Variablenoun

(astronomy) A variable star.

Attributenoun

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.

‘But mercy is above this sceptered away; . . .It is an attribute to God himself.’;

Variablenoun

(nautical) A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.

Attributenoun

Reputation.

Variablenoun

Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not expected, especially the parts between the trade-wind belts.

Attributenoun

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

Variableadjective

Having the capacity of varying or changing; capable of alternation in any manner; changeable; as, variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity.

Attributenoun

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

Variableadjective

Liable to vary; too susceptible of change; mutable; fickle; unsteady; inconstant; as, the affections of men are variable; passions are variable.

‘Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.’; ‘His heart, I know, how variable and vain!’;

Attributenoun

a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished;

‘self-confidence is not an endearing property’;

Variablenoun

That which is variable; that which varies, or is subject to change.

Attributenoun

an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

Variablenoun

A quantity which may increase or decrease; a quantity which admits of an infinite number of values in the same expression; a variable quantity; as, in the equation x2 - y2 = R2, x and y are variables.

Attributeverb

attribute or credit to;

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

Variablenoun

A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.

Attributeverb

decide as to where something belongs in a scheme;

‘The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class’;

Variablenoun

something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation;

‘the weather is one variable to be considered’;

Variablenoun

a quantity that can assume any of a set of values

Variablenoun

a star that varies noticeably in brightness

Variablenoun

a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity

Variableadjective

liable to or capable of change;

‘rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable’; ‘variable winds’; ‘variable expenses’;

Variableadjective

marked by diversity or difference;

‘the varying angles of roof slope’; ‘nature is infinitely variable’;

Variableadjective

(used of a device) designed so that a property (as e.g. light) can be varied;

‘a variable capacitor’; ‘variable filters in front of the mercury xenon lights’;

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