attachment

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noun at·tach·ment \ə-ˈtach-mənt\

Definition of attachment

  1. 1 :  a seizure by legal process; also :  the writ or precept commanding such seizure

  2. 2a :  the state of being personally attached :  fidelity attachment to a causeb :  affectionate regard a deep attachment to nature

  3. 3 :  a device attached to a machine or implement

  4. 4 :  the physical connection by which one thing is attached to another

  5. 5 :  the process of physically attaching

  6. 6 :  a separate document or file that is included and sent with an electronic message (such as an e-mail or text message) The trick to sending attachments successfully is to know what e-mail program and operating system your recipient uses. — Adam C. Engst

Examples of attachment in a Sentence

  1. The vacuum cleaner attachments help clean in tight spaces.

  2. I need a longer attachment for the drill.

  3. I'll send the document as an attachment to my next e-mail.

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First Known Use of attachment

14th century



ATTACHMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of attachment for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ATTACHMENT Defined for Kids

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noun at·tach·ment \ə-ˈtach-mənt\

Definition of attachment for Students

  1. 1 :  connection by feelings of affection or regard The children had a strong attachment to their grandmother.

  2. 2 :  an extra part that can be attached to a machine or tool vacuum cleaner attachments

  3. 3 :  a connection by which one thing is joined to another The attachment that connects the oar to the rowboat is broken.


Medical Dictionary

attachment

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noun at·tach·ment \ə-ˈtach-mənt\

Medical Definition of attachment

  1. 1:  a strong emotional bond that an infant forms with a caregiver (such as a mother) especially when viewed as a basis for normal emotional and social development; also :  the process by which an infant forms an attachment

  2. 2:  the physical connection by which one thing is attached to another sever the attachments of a muscle to a bone

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