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attached \attached\ adj.

  1. fastened together. a picnic table with attached benches

  2. being joined in close association; -- of people or organizations.

    Syn: affiliated, connected

  3. fastened onto another object; -- of objects smaller than the main object.

  4. (Architecture) connected by a common wall or passageway; -- used of buildings. detached

  5. (Biology) permanently attached to a substrate; not free to move about. an attached oyster vagile

    Syn: sessile

  6. associated in an exclusive sexual relationship; -- opposite of unattached.

    Note: Narrower terms include: affianced, bespoken, betrothed, engaged, pledged, promised(predicate); married. Also See: loving.

    Syn: committed.


connected \connected\ adj.

  1. p. p. of connect. [Narrower terms: abutting, adjacent, adjoining, bordering(prenominal), conterminous, coterminous, contiguous] [Narrower terms: adjunctive] [Narrower terms: contiguous, in contact] [Narrower terms: coupled, joined, linked] [Narrower terms: cursive, flowing] [Narrower terms: siamese] [Narrower terms: socially connected, well-connected] unconnected

  2. being joined in close association.

    Syn: affiliated, attached.

  3. connected by a conductor so as to allow the flow of electric signals. [Narrower terms: wired (vs. wireless)] WordNet 1.5]

  4. (Music) legato. staccato

    Syn: flowing, smooth.

  5. associated with or accompanying.

    Syn: associated.

  6. (Computers) stored in, controlled by, or in direct communication with a central computer. [Narrower terms: on-line (vs. off-line), online, on line(predicate)]

    Syn: machine-accessible.

  7. switched on. [Narrower terms: on-line (vs. off-line), online, on line(predicate)]

    Syn: ready, on.

  8. having some relation.

    Syn: related.


committed \committed\ adj.

  1. Bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a particular cause, action, or attitude. Opposite of uncommitted.

    Note: [Narrower terms: bound up, involved, wrapped up; dedicated, devoted; pledged, sworn]

  2. Associated in an exclusive sexual relationship; also called attached. Opposite of unattached.

    Note: [Narrower terms: affianced, bespoken, betrothed, engaged, pledged, promised(predicate); married]

    Syn: attached.

  3. Consigned involuntarily to custody, as in a prison or mental institution.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"affectionate, devoted, fond," 1793, past participle adjective from attach.

  1. 1 In a romantic or sexual relationship. 2 (context botany mycology English) Broadly joined to a stem or stipe, but not decurrent. 3 Of a residential building, sharing walls with similar buildings on two, usually opposite, sides. v

  2. (en-past of: attach)

  1. adj. fastened together; "a picnic table with attached benches"

  2. being joined in close association; "affiliated clubs"; "all art schools whether independent or attached to universities" [syn: affiliated, connected]

  3. used of buildings joined by common sidewalls; "a block of attached houses" [ant: detached]

  4. permanently attached to a substrate; not free to move about; "an attached oyster"; "sessile marine animals and plants" [syn: sessile] [ant: vagile]

  5. associated in an exclusive sexual relationship [syn: committed] [ant: unattached]


__NOTOC__ "Attached" is the 160th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The eighth episode of the seventh season.

Usage examples of "attached".

There was a great deal of social stigma attached to being Aboriginal at our school.

Very few fruits these days are allowed to remain attached to their mother plant until abscission occurs.

Each chain over a shore span consists of two segments, the longer attached to the tie at the top of the river tower, the shorter to the link at the top of the abutment tower, and the two jointed together at the lowest point.

Station 1 had a modest-sized accelerator ring grappled to it, like a gold band attached to a diamond.

Working quickly, he attached the much smaller, but much more efficient crystal-lattice trap and accelerometer to a port upstream from the main detector, where the substation tapped into the Tevatron flow.

A vacuum attached to the tank lowers the internal pressure, turning the acetone to a gas and drawing it from the body.

Bernard, and Return to Parma--A Letter from Hensiette--My Despair De La Haye Becomes Attached to Me--Unpleasant Adventure with an Actress and Its Consequences--I Turn a Thorough Bigot--Bavois--I Mystify a Bragging Officer.

I then found myself: it was a sort of spite, because the angel whom I adored had displeased me by a caprice, which, had I not been unworthy of her, would only have caused me to be still more attached to her.

At the top of this street, on the side farthest from the cathedral, the vast west window of which could just be seen over the gables, chimneys, and stork-nests of the opposite houses, we stopped before the common door of one of the lofty old houses, against the posts of which were attached several affiches or notices of differing forms and material.

Cardinal Bellarmino for the affidavit that he attached herewith as evidence.

Morris pulled out a line and attached it to the lug, then grabbed Bart and swam with him to a similar lug ten yards aft of the escape-trunk hatch and set flush into the deck.

He remembered the instructor at the air club speak about a Civil War airman who had short legs and had small blocks of wood attached to the pedals of his machine in order to be able to reach them.

It was resting in the sidecar attached to a Russian-made Ural motorcyclejust like the one Amad had trained on in Yemen.

Vivian Gruder stresses, quite reasonably, that it was the social identity of the group as landed proprietors that made them so apparently complaisant about ditching privileges and anachronisms to which their caste had long been attached.

In an underwater world, the first one to hear the other side was usually the winnerto help keep sound waves from bouncing off the steel hull of the ship, resilient-compound blocks had been attached to her hull as an anechoic coating.