Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    To seize and hold a defendant or his property in the custody of the law. See 62 Ohio St. 543, 78 Am. St. Rep. 743, 57 N. E. 446.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To take or apprehend by com-maudment of a writ or precept. Buckeye Pipe-Line Co. v. Fee, 62 Ohio St 543, 57 N. E. 446, 78 Am. St Rep. 743. It differs from arrest, because it takes not only the body, but sometimes the goods, whereas an arrest ls only against the person; besides, he who attaches keeps the party attached in. order to produce him in court on the day Darned, but he who arrests lodges the person arrested in the custody of a higher power, to be forthwith disposed of. Fleta, lib. 5, c. 24. See Attachment. Attaching creditor. See Creditob.