Definition of Attachment

1. Noun. A feeling of affection for a person or an institution.

Exact synonyms: Fond Regard
Generic synonyms: Affection, Affectionateness, Fondness, Heart, Philia, Tenderness, Warmheartedness, Warmness
Derivative terms: Attach

2. Noun. A supplementary part or accessory.
Generic synonyms: Add-on, Addition, Improver
Specialized synonyms: Hood, Lens Hood

3. Noun. A writ authorizing the seizure of property that may be needed for the payment of a judgment in a judicial proceeding.
Generic synonyms: Judicial Writ, Writ
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Attach

4. Noun. A connection that fastens things together.
Exact synonyms: Bond
Generic synonyms: Connecter, Connection, Connective, Connector, Connexion
Specialized synonyms: Ligament
Derivative terms: Attach, Attach, Bond

5. Noun. Faithful support for a cause or political party or religion. "The adhesion of Seville was decisive"
Exact synonyms: Adherence, Adhesion
Generic synonyms: Support
Specialized synonyms: Ecclesiasticism, Cabalism, Kabbalism, Royalism, Traditionalism
Derivative terms: Adhere, Attach

6. Noun. The act of attaching or affixing something.
Exact synonyms: Affixation
Generic synonyms: Combination, Combining, Compounding
Specialized synonyms: Graft, Grafting
Derivative terms: Affix, Attach

7. Noun. The act of fastening things together.
Exact synonyms: Fastening
Generic synonyms: Connection, Connexion, Joining
Specialized synonyms: Bonding, Soldering, Doweling, Earthing, Grounding, Linkage, Ligature, Tying, Welding, Fixation
Derivative terms: Attach, Fasten

Definition of Attachment

1. n. The act attaching, or state of being attached; close adherence or affection; fidelity; regard; an&?; passion of affection that binds a person; as, an attachment to a friend, or to a party.

Definition of Attachment

1. Noun. A strong bonding towards or with. ¹

2. Noun. A dependence, especially a strong one. ¹

3. Noun. A device attached to a piece of equipment or a tool. ¹

4. Noun. The process or means by which something is physically attached. ¹

5. Noun. (computing) A file sent along with an email. ¹

6. Noun. (legal) Taking a person's property to satisfy a court-ordered debt. ¹

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Definition of Attachment

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Medical Definition of Attachment

1. 1. The act attaching, or state of being attached; close adherence or affection; fidelity; regard; an passion of affection that binds a person; as, an attachment to a friend, or to a party. 2. That by which one thing is attached to another; connection; as, to cut the attachments of a muscle. "The human mind . . . Has exhausted its forces in the endeavor to rend the supernatural from its attachment to this history." (I. Taylor) 3. Something attached; some adjunct attached to an instrument, machine, or other object; as, a sewing machine attachment (i. E, a device attached to a sewing machine to enable it to do special work, as tucking, etc). 4. A seizure or taking into custody by virtue of a legal process. The writ or percept commanding such seizure or taking. The term is applied to a seizure or taking either of persons or property. In the serving of process in a civil suit, it is most generally applied to the taking of property, whether at common law, as a species of distress, to compel defendant's appearance, or under local statutes, to satisfy the judgment the plaintiff may recover in the action. The terms attachment and arrest are both applied to the taking or apprehension of a defendant to compel an appearance in a civil action. Attachments are issued at common law and in chancery, against persons for contempt of court. In England, attachment is employed in some cases where capias is with us, as against a witness who fails to appear on summons. In some of the new England States a writ of attachment is a species of mesne process upon which the property of a defendant may be seized at the commencement of a suit and before summons to him, and may be held to satisfy the judgment the plaintiff may recover. In other States this writ can issue only against absconding debtors and those who conceal themselves. See Foreign, Garnishment, Trustee process. Synonym: Attachment, Affection The leading idea of affection is that of warmth and tenderness; the leading idea of attachment is that of being bound to some object by strong and lasting ties. There is more of sentiment (and sometimes of romance) in affection, and more of principle in preserving attachment. We speak of the ardor of the one, and the fidelity of the other. There is another distinction in the use and application of these words. The term attachment is applied to a wider range of objects than affection. A man may have a strong attachment to his country, to his profession, to his principles, and even to favorite places; in respect to none of these could we use the word affection. Origin: F. Attachment. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Attachment

attache case
attached annulus
attached cranial section
attached craniotomy
attached gingiva
attachiamenta de spinis et boscis
attachment (current term)
attachment apparatus
attachment disorder
attachment sites
attaché case
attaché cases
attack aircraft
attack aircraft carrier
attack au fer
attack dog
attack dogs
attack is the best form of defence

Literary usage of Attachment

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"ings in the attachment aa set forth. The execution of the assignment, that it was executed in good faith, and not fraudulent. ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1921)
"The only ground for equity jurisdiction In these cases was the attachment, and when that was dismissed the equity cause went with It. Frye v. ..."

3. Clinical Rheumatology: A Problem-oriented Approach to Diagnosis and Management by Roland W. Moskowitz (1921)
"THE attachment OF THE TEETH. THAT the teeth are not a part of the osseous system, but are appendages of the skin, supported in man by a special development ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"attachment.1 in law, a process from a court of record, awarded by the justices at their discretion, on a bare suggestion, or on their own knowledge, ..."

5. The Principles and Practice of Surveying by Charles Blaney Breed, George Leonard Hosmer (1906)
"In comparing the relative merits of the various forms of attachment it must be remembered ... All other virtues of any attachment are of minor importance. ..."

6. A Treatise on Marine, Fire, Life, Accident and All Other Insurances by Joseph Asbury Joyce (1897)
"attachment and duration of risk where voyage Insured Is changed or abandoned. ... attachment of risk "at and from:" Delay In port should not be unreasonable ..."

7. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"The transfer of his real estate by a debtor against whom an attachment has been ... It is evident that unless this is so an attachment suit could never be ..."

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