attachment

[uh-tach-muhnt]
noun
1.
an act of attaching or the state of being attached.
2.
a feeling that binds one to a person, thing, cause, ideal, or the like; devotion; regard: a fond attachment to his cousin; a profound attachment to the cause of peace.
3.
Psychology.
a.
an emotional bond between an infant or toddler and primary caregiver, a strong bond being vital for the child’s normal behavioral and social development.
b.
an enduring emotional bond that develops between one adult and another in an intimate relationship: romantic attachment.
See also attachment disorder, attachment theory.
4.
something that attaches; a fastening or tie: the attachments of a harness; the attachments of a pair of skis.
5.
an additional or supplementary device: attachments for an electric drill.
6.
Law. seizure of property or person by legal authority, especially seizure of a defendant's property to prevent its dissipation before trial or to acquire jurisdiction over it.
7.
something attached, as a document added to a letter.
8.
a computer file sent with an e-mail.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English attachement seizure < Anglo-French. See attach, -ment

nonattachment, noun
overattachment, noun
preattachment, noun
reattachment, noun
self-attachment, noun
superattachment, noun


2. love, devotedness. 4. junction, connection. 5. See addition.
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attachment (əˈtætʃmənt)
 
n
1.  a means of securing; a fastening
2.  (often foll by to) affection or regard (for); devotion (to): attachment to a person or to a cause
3.  an object to be attached, esp a supplementary part: an attachment for an electric drill
4.  the act of attaching or the state of being attached
5.  a.  the arrest of a person for disobedience to a court order
 b.  the lawful seizure of property and placing of it under control of a court
 c.  a writ authorizing such arrest or seizure
6.  law the binding of a debt in the hands of a garnishee until its disposition has been decided by the court

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attachment
mid-15c., "arrest of a person on judicial warrant," from Fr. attachement, from attacher (see attach). Application to property (including, later, wages) dates from 1590s; meaning "sympathy, devotion" is recorded from 1704; that of "something that is attached to something else"
dates from 1797 and has become perhaps the most common use since the rise of e-mail.
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Example sentences
To tailor your hose to various water situations, you can choose from these
  attachments.
Though isolated in display cases, the objects carry an enduring history of
  human attachments.
These form at the attachments of ligaments or tendons.
Now the designers are working on developing different attachments so the robot
  can have wider uses.
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