What is Attach?

Legal Definition
Crim. law, practice. To an attachment for contempt for the non-take or apprehend by virtue of the order of a writ or precept, commonly called an attachment. It differs from an arrest in this, that he who arrests a man, takes him to a person of higher power to be disposed of; but be who attaches, keeps the party attached, according to the exigency of his writ, and brings him into court oh the day assigned. Kitch. 279; Bract. lib. 4; Fleta, lib. 5, c. 24; 17 S. & R. 199.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
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.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
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.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary