Definition of attachment
1 : a seizure by legal process; also : the writ or precept commanding such seizure
3 : a device attached to a machine or implement
4 : the physical connection by which one thing is attached to another
5 : the process of physically attaching
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
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.
Recent Examples of attachment from the Web
Fans of popular TV programmes and films have long used arts and crafts to express their attachment to fictional characters.
In other words, the glue was able to seep down below the surface of the hydrogel and connect with its molecules, forming a strong attachment within a few seconds.
Using the whisk attachment, whip until stiff peaks form, about four minutes.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, coffee concentrate, sugar and salt until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
To dust, use a microfiber cloth or your vacuum's brush attachment, Toni Hammersley writes in The Complete Book of Clean.
The software usually is hidden within links or attachments in emails.
In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or a hand beater, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy on medium speed, about 4 to 5 minutes. Scrape down with a rubber spatula.
Trump used that letter, along with an attachment by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as cover for firing Comey on May 9.
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First Known Use of attachment
ATTACHMENT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of attachment for Students
1 : connection by feelings of affection or regard The children had a strong attachment to their grandmother.
2 : an extra part that can be attached to a machine or tool vacuum cleaner attachments
3 : a connection by which one thing is joined to another The attachment that connects the oar to the rowboat is broken.
Medical Definition of attachment
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: the physical connection by which one thing is attached to another sever the attachments of a muscle to a bone
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