attachment

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French attachement, equivalent to attach +‎ -ment.

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Noun[edit]

attachment (countable and uncountable, plural attachments)

  1. The act or process of (physically or figuratively) attaching.
    • 2005, Rebecca N. Baergen, Manual of Benirschke and Kaufmann's Pathology of the Human Placenta, page 71:
      The “implantation window” is a short, specific phase during which attachment of the blastocyst occurs.
  2. A strong bonding towards or with.
    I have such an attachment towards my fiancé!
  3. A dependence, especially a strong one.
    • 2003, Griffith Edwards, Alcohol: The World's Favorite Drug, page 63:
      Through every other kind of drug experience, however, ran his attachment to alcohol.
  4. A device attached to a piece of equipment or a tool.
    • 1978, Walter H. Wager, Time of reckoning, page 194:
      Zimchenko's phone had a tape attachment, []
  5. The means by which something is physically attached.
    • 2012, Sinikka Elliott, Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers, page 46:
      [The umbilical cord is] the attachment connecting the fetus with the placenta.
  6. (computing) A file sent along with an email.
  7. (law) Taking a person's property to satisfy a court-ordered debt.
    attachment of earnings
  8. (meteorology) The act or process by which any (downward) leader connects to any available (upward) streamer in a lightning flash.
    • 2009, Jakke Mäkelä, Eero Karvinen, Niko Porjo, Antti Mäkelä and Tapio Tuomi, Attachment of Natural Lightning Flashes to Trees: Preliminary Statistical Characteristics, published in the Journal of Lightning Research, volume 1

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English attachment

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛˈtɛtʃmənt/, /ɑˈtɛtʃmənt/
  • Hyphenation: at‧tach‧ment

Noun[edit]

attachment m, n (plural attachments)

  1. attachment (to an email)