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 email 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 These are healthy signs of love and attachment—the bonds that create the emotional security a child needs. Erica Komisar, WSJ, "In Praise of Maternal Guilt," 6 May 2021 Throughout the business cycle, labor force attachment tends to be far more volatile for people with MDD. Paul E. Greenberg, Scientific American, "Major Depressive Disorders Have an Enormous Economic Impact," 5 May 2021 While there are 11 assault rifles to choose from, each gun features unique recoil patterns and attachment selections. Washington Post, "Accessibility is part of the beauty of battle royales like ‘Warzone,’ ‘Fortnite’ and ‘PUBG’," 4 May 2021 Then, using your vacuum's soft brush attachment, vacuum out the fur. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Deep Clean a Washing Machine for Fresh Laundry Every Time," 28 Apr. 2021 The Jacquard machine, an 1803 loom attachment, used mechanical punch cards to instruct the loom’s crossing orientations. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, "The Beautiful Math of Knitting—Yes, Knitting—Could Create the Toughest Gear Ever," 28 Apr. 2021 Activate the wash feature on your bidet seat or attachment. Corey Whelan, Health.com, "How to Use a Bidet Toilet Seat," 20 Apr. 2021 Naturalistas can order the Wide tooth comb attachment to help simplify the blowout process. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "Best Dyson hair tools and hot tools of 2021," 13 Apr. 2021 Binoculars have 50mm lenses with tripod attachment. Daisy Kelly, chicagotribune.com, "The best Celestron binoculars," 11 Apr. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Attachment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attachment. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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attachment

noun

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 attachment (audio) \ verb

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