Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition.
* 1987 , Edwin M. Yoder Jr., "Lewis Powell a Fine Sense of Balance," Washington Post , 29 Jun.,
* 2000 , Terry McCarthy, "Lost Generation," Time Asia , 23 Oct.,
- But for him the first rule of judging was to set aside personal predilection and vote the law and the facts.
* 2001 , Marina Cantacuzino, "On deadly ground," The Guardian , 13 Mar.,
- ... youth’s predilection for revolt.
- Wilson doesn’t see any inconsistency between his socialism and his predilection for the high life.
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:
A strong bonding towards or with.
- The “implantation window” is a short, specific phase during which attachment of the blastocyst occurs.
A dependence, especially a strong one.
* 2003 , Griffith Edwards, Alcohol: The World's Favorite Drug , page 63:
- I have such an attachment towards my fiancé!
A device attached to a piece of equipment or a tool.
* 1978 , Walter H. Wager, Time of reckoning , page 194:
- Through every other kind of drug experience, however, ran his attachment to alcohol.
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:
- Zimchenko's phone had a tape attachment ,
(computing) A file sent along with an email.
(legal) Taking a person's property to satisfy a court-ordered debt.
- [The umbilical cord is] the attachment connecting the fetus with the placenta.
(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
- attachment of earnings
* attachment disorder