- an act of attaching or the state of being attached.
- a feeling that binds one to a person, thing, cause, ideal, or the like; devotion; regard: a fond attachment to his cousin; a profound attachment to the cause of peace.
- an emotional bond between an infant or toddler and primary caregiver, a strong bond being vital for the child’s normal behavioral and social development.
- an enduring emotional bond that develops between one adult and another in an intimate relationship: romantic attachment.
- something that attaches; a fastening or tie: the attachments of a harness; the attachments of a pair of skis.
- an additional or supplementary device: attachments for an electric drill.
- Law. seizure of property or person by legal authority, especially seizure of a defendant's property to prevent its dissipation before trial or to acquire jurisdiction over it.
- something attached, as a document added to a letter.
- a computer or electronic file sent with an email.
Origin of attachment
- a means of securing; a fastening
- (often foll by to) affection or regard (for); devotion (to)attachment to a person or to a cause
- an object to be attached, esp a supplementary partan attachment for an electric drill
- the act of attaching or the state of being attached
- the arrest of a person for disobedience to a court order
- the lawful seizure of property and placing of it under control of a court
- a writ authorizing such arrest or seizure
- law the binding of a debt in the hands of a garnishee until its disposition has been decided by the court
Word Origin and History for preattachment
c.1400, "arrest of a person on judicial warrant" (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from French attachement, from attacher (see attach). Application to property (including, later, wages) dates from 1590s; meaning "sympathy, devotion" is recorded from 1704; that of "something that is attached to something else" dates from 1797 and has become perhaps the most common use since the rise of e-mail.