Attachment is a sticky word: an email attachment fastens a file to an email, while someone who has an attachment to email loves email. Attachment brings things together.

Attachment is a word that's equal parts mechanical and emotional. Many gadgets — such as cameras and tractors — have attachments that allow them to get more done, like a tractor attachment for plowing snow. People have attachments to bands, political movements, sports teams, hobbies, and each other. It's important for babies to develop attachments to their parents — this means they're bonding with their parents. Attachment is a lot like duct tape — it fastens people and things together.

Definitions of attachment

n the act of attaching or affixing something

graft, grafting
the act of grafting something onto something else
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combination, combining, compounding
the act of combining things to form a new whole

n the act of fastening things together

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bonding, soldering
fastening firmly together
fastening by dowels
earthing, grounding
fastening electrical equipment to earth
the act of linking things together
ligature, tying
the act of tying or binding things together
fastening two pieces of metal together by softening with heat and applying pressure
the activity of fastening something firmly in position
(surgery) tying a duct or blood vessel with a ligature (as to prevent bleeding during surgery)
butt welding, butt-welding
creating a butt joint by welding
spot welding, spot-welding
creating an overlapping joint by welding at small points
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connection, connexion, joining
the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)

n a connection that fastens things together

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any connection or unifying bond
binder, ligature
something used to tie or bind
a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc
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connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion
an instrumentality that connects

n a supplementary part or accessory

hood, lens hood
a tubular attachment used to keep stray light out of the lens of a camera
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add-on, addition, improver
a component that is added to something to improve it

n a feeling of affection for a person or an institution

fond regard
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affection, affectionateness, fondness, heart, philia, tenderness, warmheartedness, warmness
a positive feeling of liking

n faithful support for a cause or political party or religion

attachment to a formal agenda”
adherence, adhesion
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excessive adherence to ecclesiastical forms and activities
cabalism, kabbalism
adherence to some extreme traditional theological concept or interpretation
adherence or attachment to a monarchy or to the principle of monarchal government
adherence to tradition (especially in cultural or religious matters)
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aiding the cause or policy or interests of

n a writ authorizing the seizure of property that may be needed for the payment of a judgment in a judicial proceeding

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judicial writ, writ
(law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer

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