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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 At·tach v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attached p. pr. & vb. n. Attaching.]
 1. To bind, fasten, tie, or connect; to make fast or join; as, to attach one thing to another by a string, by glue, or the like.
    The shoulder blade is . . . attached only to the muscles.   --Paley.
    A huge stone to which the cable was attached.   --Macaulay.
 2. To connect; to place so as to belong; to assign by authority; to appoint; as, an officer is attached to a certain regiment, company, or ship.
 3. To win the heart of; to connect by ties of love or self-interest; to attract; to fasten or bind by moral influence; -- with to; as, attached to a friend; attaching others to us by wealth or flattery.
    Incapable of attaching a sensible man.   --Miss Austen.
    God . . . by various ties attaches man to man.   --Cowper.
 4. To connect, in a figurative sense; to ascribe or attribute; to affix; -- with to; as, to attach great importance to a particular circumstance.
    Top this treasure a curse is attached.   --Bayard Taylor.
 5. To take, seize, or lay hold of. [Obs.]
 6. To take by legal authority: (a) To arrest by writ, and bring before a court, as to answer for a debt, or a contempt; -- applied to a taking of the person by a civil process; being now rarely used for the arrest of a criminal. (b) To seize or take (goods or real estate) by virtue of a writ or precept to hold the same to satisfy a judgment which may be rendered in the suit. See Attachment, 4.
    The earl marshal attached Gloucester for high treason.   --Miss Yonge.
 Attached column Arch., a column engaged in a wall, so that only a part of its circumference projects from it.
 Syn: -- To affix; bind; tie; fasten; connect; conjoin; subjoin; annex; append; win; gain over; conciliate.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Col·umn n.
 1. Arch. A kind of pillar; a cylindrical or polygonal support for a roof, ceiling, statue, etc., somewhat ornamented, and usually composed of base, shaft, and capital. See Order.
 2. Anything resembling, in form or position, a column in architecture; an upright body or mass; a shaft or obelisk; as, a column of air, of water, of mercury, etc.; the Column Vendôme; the spinal column.
 3. Mil. (a) A body of troops formed in ranks, one behind the other; -- contradistinguished from line. Compare Ploy, and Deploy. (b) A small army.
 4. Naut. A number of ships so arranged as to follow one another in single or double file or in squadrons; -- in distinction from “line”, where they are side by side.
 5. Print. A perpendicular set of lines, not extending across the page, and separated from other matter by a rule or blank space; as, a column in a newspaper.
 6. Arith. A perpendicular line of figures.
 7. Bot. The body formed by the union of the stamens in the Mallow family, or of the stamens and pistil in the orchids.
 Attached column. See under Attach, v. t.
 Clustered column. See under Cluster, v. t.
 Column rule, a thin strip of brass separating columns of type in the form, and making a line between them in printing.
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·gaged a.
 1. Occupied; employed; busy.
 2. Pledged; promised; especially, having the affections pledged; promised in marriage; affianced; betrothed.
 3. Greatly interested; of awakened zeal; earnest.
 4. Involved; esp., involved in a hostile encounter; as, the engaged ships continued the fight.
 Engaged column. Arch. Same as Attached column. See under Attach, v. t.