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Definition: In mathematics, the attribute is a characteristic to describe an object usually within a pattern. The attribute usually refers to the shape, size, or color.

The term attribute is taught as early as kindergarten. Children are often given a set of attribute blocks. Attribute blocks are typically blocks having different colors, sizes and shapes. Children are asked to sort the blocks according to an attribute. They would then sort either by size, color or shape. Then they would be asked to sort by more than one attribute. In summary, the attribute in math is usually used to describe a geometric pattern.

Pronunciation: a-truh-byoot
Examples:
I have small, medium and large cubes, spheres and prisms. Please select one attribute and sort the prisms.
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