noun at·tach·ment \ə-ˈtach-mənt\
: an extra part that can be used with a machine to make it do a particular job
: strong feelings of affection or loyalty for someone or something
: a document or file that is sent with e-mail
: a seizure by legal process; also : the writ or precept commanding such seizure
a : the state of being personally attached : fidelity <attachment to a cause>
b : affectionate regard <a deep attachment to nature>
: a device attached to a machine or implement
: the physical connection by which one thing is attached to another
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Examples of ATTACHMENT
- The vacuum cleaner attachments help clean in tight spaces.
- I need a longer attachment for the drill.
- I'll send the document as an attachment to my next e-mail.
First Known Use of ATTACHMENT
: connection by feelings of affection or regard <The children had a strong attachment to their grandmother.>
: an extra part that can be attached to a machine or tool <vacuum cleaner attachments>
: a connection by which one thing is joined to another <The attachment that connects the oar to the rowboat is broken.>
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