Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of attaching or the condition of being attached.
  • noun Something, such as a tie, band, or fastener, that attaches one thing to another.
  • noun A bond, as of affection or loyalty; fond regard.
  • noun A supplementary part; an accessory.
  • noun A supplementary document that is attached to a primary document.
  • noun Legal seizure of property.
  • noun The writ ordering such a seizure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of attaching; specifically, in law, a taking of the person, goods, or estate by a writ or precept in a civil action, to secure a debt or demand, or to compel to appear in court, or to punish for contempt.
  • noun The writ or process directing the person or estate of a person to be taken, for the purposes above stated.
  • noun The act or state of being attached, fastened on, or connected.
  • noun Close adherence or affection; regard; any passion or affection that binds a person to another person or to a thing.
  • noun That which attaches one thing to another, or a person to an object: as, the attachments of a muscle; the attachments of home.
  • noun That which is attached to a principal object; an adjunct: as, the æolian attachment to the piano; an attachment to a sewing-machine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act attaching, or state of being attached; close adherence or affection; fidelity; regard; an� passion of affection that binds a person.
  • noun That by which one thing is attached to another; connection.
  • noun Something attached; some adjunct attached to an instrument, machine, or other object.
  • noun A seizure or taking into custody by virtue of a legal process.
  • noun The writ or percept commanding such seizure or taking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A strong bonding towards or with.
  • noun A dependence, especially a strong one.
  • noun A device attached to a piece of equipment or a tool.
  • noun The process or means by which something is physically attached.
  • noun computing A file sent along with an email.
  • noun law Taking a person's property to satisfy a court-ordered debt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a feeling of affection for a person or an institution
  • noun a connection that fastens things together
  • noun a writ authorizing the seizure of property that may be needed for the payment of a judgment in a judicial proceeding
  • noun the act of attaching or affixing something
  • noun faithful support for a cause or political party or religion
  • noun a supplementary part or accessory
  • noun the act of fastening things together

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French attachement, attach +‎ -ment

Examples

  • Only when we're already on his side, wanting things to work out, do we start to realize how unlikely this attachment is and how many obstacles there are.

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  • Healthy attachment occurs naturally for many of us, especially if you had loving caregivers as a child, but some kids do suffer from what we call attachment disorder, in which they find it difficult to bond with their parents.

    You Raising Your Child

  • Healthy attachment occurs naturally for many of us, especially if you had loving caregivers as a child, but some kids do suffer from what we call attachment disorder, in which they find it difficult to bond with their parents.

    You Raising Your Child

  • Healthy attachment occurs naturally for many of us, especially if you had loving caregivers as a child, but some kids do suffer from what we call attachment disorder, in which they find it difficult to bond with their parents.

    You Raising Your Child

  • Healthy attachment occurs naturally for many of us, especially if you had loving caregivers as a child, but some kids do suffer from what we call attachment disorder, in which they find it difficult to bond with their parents.

    You Raising Your Child

  • This may be a result of attachment related behaviors, and a specialist in attachment psychology would be helpful.

    Behavioral and Emotional Issues

  • Some have provision for that pin attachment to the back.

    Tagging yourself?

  • Some have provision for that pin attachment to the back.

    Tagging yourself?

  • His only attachment is to his pickup truck, his seaplane and his team of loyal modern-day warriors.

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  • The baby who watches impassively as his mother leaves the room and barely acknowledges her return might well turn out to be the man who has difficulty creating intimacy with a lover, who has trouble forming a long-term attachment, and who avoids the kinds of closeness so important to long-lasting love.

    Red Flags or Red Herrings?

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