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1. also attracter One that attracts: flowers that are excellent attractors of bees.
2. Mathematics A value or set of values toward which variables in a dynamical system tend to evolve.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.attractor - an entertainer who attracts large audiencesattractor - an entertainer who attracts large audiences; "he was the biggest drawing card they had"
entertainer - a person who tries to please or amuse
2.attractor - (physics) a point in the ideal multidimensional phase space that is used to describe a system toward which the system tends to evolve regardless of the starting conditions of the system
point - a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates"
chaotic attractor, strange attractor - an attractor for which the approach to its final point in phase space is chaotic
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
3.attractor - a characteristic that provides pleasure and attractsattractor - a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; "flowers are an attractor for bees"
characteristic, feature - a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
attention - a general interest that leads people to want to know more; "She was the center of attention"
tourist attraction - a characteristic that attracts tourists
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The Pendine Tourism Attractor Project in Carmarthenshire will feature a new Sands of Speed state of the art museum dedicated to Pendine's historic association with land speed records; an external enhancement and events facility with exhibition esplanade, and a 42-bed hostel.
The Pendine Tourism Attractor Project in Carmarthenshire, will feature a new Sands of Speed state of the art museum dedicated to Pendines historic association with Land Speed; an external enhancement and events facility with exhibition esplanade, and a 42 bed hostel.
For all the elements of national security there is an independent threat attractor, for example food autarky can have availability of water and arable land as a threat attractor.
The attract method was applied to determine the attractor modules that were identified by the clique-merging algorithm.
At the mature stage of a hurricane, direct estimation of the leading Lyapunov exponent using an axisymmetric model reveals, nevertheless, the existence of a chaotic attractor in the phase space of the hurricane scales.
In social systems, the interactions with specific attractor sites 'are reflected in patterns of behaviour which are never exactly repeated but are always similar to each other',151 such as the ebb and flow of rumour and myth associated with HIV/AIDS.
com/113150/what-is-the-great-attractor/) the Great Attractor  is a mysterious gravitational force pulling the Milky Way and thousands of galaxies toward it at incredible speed.
They work by including an extra term called zero attractor term into the original cost function and thus they have improved performance in terms of faster convergence and lower steady state mean square error (MSE) than their conventional counterparts when the system is sparse [10, 11].
Slide an attractor, which are like small wire beads, onto your line before tying on a lure.
This attractor is nota point, however, as in the case of a representation of a stone coming to rest at the base of a hill, but has the peculiar characteristic of being a fractal.
Focusing on one career goal is an example of a person captured by a point attractor.
For example, the game of basketball has been used successfully as an example of the pendulum attractor, using the attack and defence roles in the game as examples of how 'one aspect of the game is likely to influence performance in other aspects of the game' (Pryor & Bright, 2009, p.