attachment

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
  1. noun
    the act of attaching or affixing something
    synonyms: affixation
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    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
  2. noun
    the act of fastening things together
    synonyms: fastening
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    bonding, soldering
    fastening firmly together
    doweling
    fastening by dowels
    earthing, grounding
    fastening electrical equipment to earth
    linkage
    the act of linking things together
    ligature, tying
    the act of tying or binding things together
    welding
    fastening two pieces of metal together by softening with heat and applying pressure
    fixation
    the activity of fastening something firmly in position
    ligation
    (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)
  3. noun
    a connection that fastens things together
    synonyms: bond
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    ligament
    any connection or unifying bond
    binder, ligature
    something used to tie or bind
    chain
    a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
    wire
    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
  4. noun
    a supplementary part or accessory
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    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
  5. noun
    a feeling of affection for a person or an institution
  6. noun
    faithful support for a cause or political party or religion
    attachment to a formal agenda”
    synonyms: adherence, adhesion
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    ecclesiasticism
    excessive adherence to ecclesiastical forms and activities
    cabalism, kabbalism
    adherence to some extreme traditional theological concept or interpretation
    royalism
    adherence or attachment to a monarchy or to the principle of monarchal government
    traditionalism
    adherence to tradition (especially in cultural or religious matters)
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    support
    aiding the cause or policy or interests of
  7. noun
    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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