attachment

noun
at·​tach·​ment | \ ə-ˈtach-mənt How to pronounce attachment (audio) \
plural attachments

Definition of attachment

1 : a seizure by legal process also : the writ or precept commanding such seizure
2a : the state of being personally attached : fidelity attachment to a cause
b : affectionate regard a deep attachment to nature
c psychology : 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 Of course, the mother provides food and warmth, but for the purposes of attachment what really matters is the sense of safety, comfort, and refuge the mother provides.— Henry Gleitman et al. also : the process by which an infant forms such an emotional bond Healthy attachment, via attuned parenting, equips human beings for resilience, success, and emotional, psychological, and physiological well-being. — Lindsey Porter
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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web On medium speed in a standing mixer with whisk attachment, cream together remaining 8 tablespoons (110 grams) butter with the granulated sugar. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to have a smaller, brighter Thanksgiving meal at home," 18 Nov. 2020 Make the crust: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium-low speed until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Washington Post, "Tart roasted cranberries and a billowy meringue topping take this pie in a bright, bold direction," 12 Nov. 2020 The attachment comes with three blades for slicing, fine shredding, and course shredding, and with this tool in their kitchen, your recipient will never have to slave over a box grater again. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "25 best kitchen gifts to buy from Wayfair," 3 Nov. 2020 In an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat 1⁄2 cup sugar with the lemon juice and zest, egg yolks, and vanilla extract on medium speed until incorporated. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Here’s What to Bake So You Stop Election Day Doomscrolling," 3 Nov. 2020 In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream the butter and both sugars until fluffy. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 De-Stressing Recipes You'll Need to Make It Through Election Week," 2 Nov. 2020 In a large bowl or standing mixer with whisk attachment, whisk in the cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, "Add levity and a little crunch to gooey brownies with this persimmon and date version," 30 Oct. 2020 Use an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment to cream butter, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, and sieved egg yolks on high speed until very pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Jonathan Kauffman, WSJ, "A Torte So Delicious, It’s a Special Occasion," 22 Oct. 2020 In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "After you get the apple cider, it’s time to make doughnuts," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of attachment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of attachment was in the 14th century

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29 Nov 2020

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“Attachment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attachment. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for attachment

attachment

noun
How to pronounce attachment (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of attachment

: 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

noun
at·​tach·​ment | \ ə-ˈtach-mənt How to pronounce attachment (audio) \

Kids Definition of attachment

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.

attachment

noun
at·​tach·​ment | \ ə-ˈtach-mənt How to pronounce attachment (audio) \

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

Other Words from attachment

attach \ ə-​ˈtach How to pronounce attach (audio) \ verb

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