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
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.
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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