attachment

Definitions

  • Methods of Attaching Box Bottoms
    Methods of Attaching Box Bottoms
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n attachment the act of fastening things together
    • n attachment the act of attaching or affixing something
    • n attachment faithful support for a cause or political party or religion "attachment to a formal agenda","adherence to a fat-free diet","the adhesion of Seville was decisive"
    • n attachment a supplementary part or accessory
    • n attachment a connection that fastens things together
    • n attachment a writ authorizing the seizure of property that may be needed for the payment of a judgment in a judicial proceeding
    • n attachment a feeling of affection for a person or an institution
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Methods of attaching Table Top to Rails Methods of attaching Table Top to Rails
Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it attested that the goods were of an approved quality and length or amount Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it...
A man doffs his hat, holds a bag in his hand, and has a string attached. He forms a letter E A man doffs his hat, holds a bag in his hand, and has a string attached. He forms a letter E
ATTACHING THE FOOT ATTACHING THE FOOT

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On April 4, 1974, John Massis of Belgium pulled two New York Long Island railroad passenger cars totaling 80 tons with a thick rope, with a small bit attached, using only his teeth
    • Attachment (Giv. Law) A seizure or taking into custody by virtue of a legal process.
    • Attachment Something attached; some adjunct attached to an instrument, machine, or other object; as, a sewing machine attachmenti. e., a device attached to a sewing machine to enable it to do special work, as tucking, etc.
    • Attachment 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."
    • Attachment The act attaching, or state of being attached; close adherence or affection; fidelity; regard; any passion of affection that binds a person; as, an attachment to a friend, or to a party.
    • Attachment (Giv. Law) The writ or percept commanding such seizure or taking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off
    • n attachment The act of attaching; specifically, in law, a taking of the person, goods, or estate by a writ or precept in a civil action, to secure a debt or demand, or to compel to appear in court, or to punish for contempt. In American usage, attachment, when used in reference to property, means the taking of the defendant's property into custody by the law, by a summary process from a court, in advance of the trial of the merits of the case, as security for the payment of any judgment that may be recovered. The grounds of granting it are usually evidence of fraud or fraudulent disposal of property, or apprehension of absconding, etc. When used in reference to the person, it means the taking of the person into custody to answer to a charge of contempt of court. Foreign attachment is the taking, from the hands or control of a third person within the jurisdiction, of the money or goods or rights of action of a debtor who is not within the jurisdiction. Any person who has goods or effects of a debtor is considered in law as the agent, attorney, factor, or trustee of the debtor; and an attachment served on such person binds the property in his hands to respond to the judgment against the debtor. The process of foreign attachment has existed from time immemorial in London, Bristol, Exeter, Lancaster, and some other towns in England, and by the Common Law Procedure Act of 1854 has been made general. It is also sometimes known as garnishment, in Scotland as arrestment, and in New England as trustee process.
    • n attachment The writ or process directing the person or estate of a person to be taken, for the purposes above stated.
    • n attachment The act or state of being attached, fastened on, or connected.
    • n attachment Close adherence or affection; regard; any passion or affection that binds a person to another person or to a thing.
    • n attachment That which attaches one thing to another, or a person to an object: as, the attachments of a muscle; the attachments of home.
    • n attachment That which is attached to a principal object; an adjunct: as, the æolian attachment to the piano; an attachment to a sewing-machine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Among primitive people the soul normally is said to escape through the mouth or nose. In the Celebes, when a person is very sick, his friends will often attach fish hooks in certain places. If the soul tries to escape, it gets hooked.
    • n Attachment a bond of fidelity or affection: the seizure of any one's goods or person by virtue of a legal process
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Quotations

  • Hannah Arendt
    Hannah%20Arendt
    “Action without a name, a who attached to it, is meaningless.”
  • Peter Levi
    Peter Levi
    “Sings. Hope in every sphere of life is a privilege that attaches to action. No action, no hope.”
  • Thomas Merton
    Thomas Merton
    “Attachment to spiritual things is.. just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.”
  • Simone Weil
    Simone%20Weil
    “Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Bigot, one who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.”
  • Norman O. Brown
    Norman O. Brown
    “Love without attachment is light.”

Idioms

No strings attached - If something has no strings attached, there are no obligations or requirements involved.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. attachment,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. atachier, from à (—L. ad), and the root of Tack (q.v.).

Usage

In literature:

Then her violence broke out, and as a proof of my attachment, she demanded that I should call him to account.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
Her manners were attaching, and soon banished his reserve.
"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
A membrane of various forms is also often attached to the nose, in one species the shape of a horse-shoe.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
Sent two cables, copies attached.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
Indeed, it has been given to few men in New York to inspire more passionate personal attachment than George Clinton.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Adherent: attached or clinging to.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
On the Attachment of Quartz Fibres.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
The hinges are attached about 4 in.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
For anything we know, these young ladies may both be attached and engaged.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
CALYX is applied to the green attached to the flower.
"The Royal Guide to Wax Flower Modelling" by Emma Peachey
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In poetry:

There: a feeling,
blown across by the ice wind
attaching its dove- its snow-
coloured cloth as a flag.
"Homecoming" by Paul Celan
I showed how any captain may
Attach his men to him,
If he but heeds their smallest needs,
And studies every whim.
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Here your Hamar-made matches!"—
Of them these verses I sang;
A thought to which humor attaches,
But yet to my heart sparks sprang.
"Hamar-Made Matches" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
The hours that once I have pass'd,
In the pleasure that friendship bestows;
Are attach'd to the swift wing of time,
And have stolen the balm of repose.
"Absence" by Elizabeth Bath
Ambassadors, yes, and attaches, too,
Are going to sail for Chickeraboo.
And, see, on the good ship's crowded deck,
A bishop, who's going out there on spec.
"The Three Kings of Chickeraboo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Through frost-thick weather
This witch sidles, fingers crooked, as if
Caught in a hazardous medium that might Merely by its continuing
Attach her to heaven.
"Vanity Fair" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Makes small, rugged cameras that athletes attach to their helmets or bodies for hands-free recording.
This Feb 8, 2007, file photo, shows a warning sign attached to rail cars containing low-level radioactive waste ready for processing at the EnergySolutions facility, in Clive, Utah.
Hopefully, you would play a power chord on your guitar, and not attach a power cord to it.
Workers attach a wind turbine to top of the southeast corner of Progressive Field, home of baseball's Cleveland Indians, in Cleveland on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
GAM Enterprises, Mt Prospect, IL, introduces lightweight, compact and durable couplings promising to ease sectional gripper-rail attachment in transfer systems.
It allows CPUs to attach anywhere on a wall, with a low-profile design that adds less than 1 inch of depth to the CPU .
The Alabama Rig is not a lure but a device that allows several baits to be attached to a single fishing line in an umbrella type array that mimics a school of swimming bait fish.
See more photos by clicking on the attached link.
Most women have a special attachment to their hair which is why losing it to a sickness can be very difficult.
16/20 prawns, peeled and deveined with tail attached (available at Catalina Offshore or Pacific Shellfish).
We have just started doing our research and so more details later - but see attached this Excel spreadsheet - lendingVDalianOI.xls.
'Overly Attached Girlfriend' Laina Morris now pitching Samsung products.
Turn any old notebook inside out, make a base out of cardboard to fit and attach it with duct tape.
The researchers behind NETRA, which stands for Near-Eye Tool for Refractive Assessment, hope to make their eye-scanner device, which can be attached to a mobile phone, widely available in developing countries to help diagnose vision problems.
That's the moral humorist James Thurber attached to the update of "Little Red Riding Hood" in his Fables for Our Time, which still resonates in our rather later time.
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In science:

Here, all Z functions which are attached at the end points of the different binary trees will be connected with the Z functions stored in the String Generator.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
If the coupling could be found, the number within the list is returned, otherwise the new coupling will be attached to the list of couplings.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
If the string consists of a complex value only and could not be found in the current list, a new ZXlist is created and attached to the list.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Accordingly, all standard methods will be attached.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Linked Masses() generates a string of numbers for a given Point which consists of all particles attached to the same branch.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
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