Definition of Attraction

1. Noun. The force by which one object attracts another.

2. Noun. An entertainment that is offered to the public.
Specialized synonyms: Travelog, Travelogue, Counterattraction
Generic synonyms: Show
Derivative terms: Attract, Attract

3. Noun. The quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts. "Her personality held a strange attraction for him"

4. Noun. A characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts. "Flowers are an attractor for bees"
Exact synonyms: Attracter, Attractive Feature, Attractor, Magnet
Generic synonyms: Characteristic, Feature
Specialized synonyms: Attention, Tourist Attraction
Derivative terms: Attract, Attract, Attract, Magnetic

5. Noun. An entertainer who attracts large audiences. "He was the biggest drawing card they had"
Exact synonyms: Attracter, Attractor, Draw, Drawing Card
Generic synonyms: Entertainer
Derivative terms: Attract

Definition of Attraction

1. n. An invisible power in a body by which it draws anything to itself; the power in nature acting mutually between bodies or ultimate particles, tending to draw them together, or to produce their cohesion or combination, and conversely resisting separation.

Definition of Attraction

1. Noun. The tendency to attract ¹

2. Noun. The feeling of being attracted ¹

3. Noun. An event or location that has a tendency to attract visitors ¹

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Definition of Attraction

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Medical Definition of Attraction

1. 1. An invisible power in a body by which it draws anything to itself; the power in nature acting mutually between bodies or ultimate particles, tending to draw them together, or to produce their cohesion or combination, and conversely resisting separation. Attraction is exerted at both sensible and insensible distances, and is variously denominated according to its qualities or phenomena. Under attraction at sensible distances, there are, (1) Attraction of gravitation, which acts at all distances throughout the universe, with a force proportional directly to the product of the masses of the bodies and inversely to the square of their distances apart. (2) Magnetic, diamagnetic, and electrical attraction, each of which is limited in its sensible range and is polar in its action, a property dependent on the quality or condition of matter, and not on its quantity. Under attraction at insensible distances, there are, (1) Adhesive attraction, attraction between surfaces of sensible extent, or by the medium of an intervening substance. (2) Cohesive attraction, attraction between ultimate particles, whether like or unlike, and causing simply an aggregation or a union of those particles, as in the absorption of gases by charcoal, or of oxygen by spongy platinum, or the process of solidification or crystallization. The power in adhesive attraction is strictly the same as that of cohesion. (3) Capillary attraction, attraction causing a liquid to rise, in capillary tubes or interstices, above its level outside, as in very small glass tubes, or a sponge, or any porous substance, when one end is inserted in the liquid. It is a special case of cohesive attraction. (4) Chemical attraction, or affinity, that peculiar force which causes elementary atoms, or groups of atoms, to unite to form molecules. 2. The act or property of attracting; the effect of the power or operation of attraction. 3. The power or act of alluring, drawing to, inviting, or engaging; an attractive quality; as, the attraction of beauty or eloquence. 4. That which attracts; an attractive object or feature. Synonym: Allurement, enticement, charm. Origin: L. Attractio: cf. F. Attraction. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Attraction

attract modes
attraction (current term)
attraction sphere
attractive feature
attractive force
attractive nuisance
attractive nuisances

Literary usage of Attraction

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"But, in 1644, under the pseudonym of Aristarchus of Samps, Roberval published a system of celestial mechanics, in which the attraction was perhaps mutual ..."

2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1878)
"Effect on bubble, 45 C 73 C Repulsion. oo 50 83 attraction strong. ... 57 74 attraction against gravitation. 55 65 No movement. 55 75 Strong attraction. ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"It is possible that we should take account of something like an attraction between electricity and the metals with which it is associated. ..."

4. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1889)
"The attraction of ideas is the cause of association. What was little more than a figure of speech with Hume, became a psychological principle with Zanotti. ..."

5. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1920)
"NEWTON'S THEOREMS ON THE attraction OF SPHERES. IT seems quite certain that Newton was stopped at first from pursuing the problem of the planetary motions ..."

6. Elements of the Theory of the Newtonian Potential Function by Benjamin Osgood Peirce (1902)
"An approximate value of the attraction between any two rigid bodies may be obtained by ... The true value of the attraction is the limit approached by this ..."

7. A History of European Thought in the Nineteenth Century by John Theodore Merz (1907)
"THE ASTRONOMICAL VIEW OF NATURE. pheric refraction as well as those of cohesion and adhesion of bodies—ie, the attraction of particles of the same or of ..."

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