Attachment vs Bonding - What's the difference?

attachment | bonding |

As nouns the difference between attachment and bonding

is that attachment is the act or process of (physically or figuratively) attaching while bonding is the act by which something is bonded.

As a verb bonding is





  • 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.
  • A strong bonding towards or with.
  • I have such an attachment towards my fiancé!
  • 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.
  • 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 ,
  • 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.
  • (computing) A file sent along with an email.
  • (legal) Taking a person's property to satisfy a court-ordered debt.
  • attachment of earnings
  • (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
  • Derived terms

    * attachment disorder ----




  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act by which something is bonded.
  • * 1998 , Walter Frederick Buckley, Society - a Complex Adaptive System: Essays in Social Theory
  • A systems view of reality allows one to see that it is made of successive layers of bonded elements, each layer with properties emergent from the previous one: atoms are particular bondings of more elementary particles
  • A method of aggregating multiple network interfaces on a computer into a single logical interface