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at·trac·tion

 (ə-trăk′shən)
n.
1. The act or capability of attracting.
2. The quality of attracting; charm.
3.
a. A feature or characteristic that attracts.
b. A person, place, thing, or event that is intended to attract: The main attraction was a Charlie Chaplin film.
4.
a. The electric or magnetic force exerted by oppositely charged particles, tending to draw or hold the particles together.
b. The gravitational force exerted by one body on another.

attraction

(əˈtrækʃən)
n
1. the act, power, or quality of attracting
2. a person or thing that attracts or is intended to attract
3. (General Physics) a force by which one object attracts another, such as the gravitational or electrostatic force
4. (Linguistics) a change in the form of one linguistic element caused by the proximity of another element

at•trac•tion

(əˈtræk ʃən)

n.
1. the act, power, or property of attracting.
2. attractive quality; magnetic charm; allurement.
3. a person or thing that draws, attracts, or entices.
4. a characteristic or quality that provides pleasure; attractive feature: The chief attraction of the party was the good food.
5. the electric or magnetic force that acts between oppositely charged bodies, tending to draw them together.
6. an entertainment offered to the public; spectacle.
[1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin]
at•trac′tion•al•ly, adv.

Attraction

 
  1. Absorbing as a love affair —Elyse Sommer
  2. (A charismatic man) attracting young men to himself like filings to a magnet —Linda West Eckhardt
  3. Come at him [girls to a boy] like ducks to popcorn —Max Apple
  4. Drawn to as children to amusement parks —Anon
  5. Drawn to as bathers to seashore —Anon
  6. Drawn to as readers to a library —Anon
  7. Drawn to us warily but helplessly, like a starved deer —Louise Erdrich
  8. Drew … like pipers charming rats —Lynne Sharon Schwartz In her novel, Disturbances in the Field, Schwartz alludes to ideas that are attractive to the heroine and her college friends.
  9. Drew (many confidences …) as unintentionally as a magnet draws steel filings —Vita Sackville-West
  10. Enchanted … like a meadow full of four-leaf clovers —Mary McCarthy
  11. Fascinated like sick people are fascinated by anything … any scrap of news about their own case —James Thurber
  12. Fascinating and fantastic as toys in a shop window to a little poor boy in the street —Isak Dinesen
  13. Fascinating as a burning fuse —William McGivern, about fellow writer Michael Gilbert’s espionage novel, Overdrive.

    Whenever a simile is used to praise a book, it is invariably highlighted on the book jacket or in ads, as this one was.

  14. (The salesgirls) fell on me like pigeons on breadcrumbs —Judith Rascoe
  15. Had drawn her to him like a flower to the sun —John Le Carré
  16. (The warm sweet center of her) had taken hold of him like a hand —John Yount
  17. Held her mesmerized like a snake —Julia O’Faolain
  18. He moves to you like a stable hand to a new horse —Allan Miller

    This comes from Miller’s dramatization of D. H. Lawrence’s short novel, The Fox. It did not appear in the Lawrence text.

  19. Irresistible [thoughts] as intruders who force their way into your house —Dan Wakefield
  20. Like children taking peeps at pantry shelves, we think we’re tempted when we tempt ourselves —Arthur Guiterman
  21. Men just love to buzz around me like there was a sweet smell coming from me —Pat Conroy
  22. Mesmerizing as a flickering neon sign —Anon
  23. (Kept watching because) something about her stayed with me. Like a cold matzo ball —Nat Hentoff
  24. Take to the way a hypochondriac takes to a bed —Lorrie Moore
  25. Temptation leapt on him like the stab of a knife —Edith Wharton
  26. Temptations, like misfortunes, are sent to test our moral strength —Marguerite de Valois
  27. Took to as an ant to a picnic —Harry Prince
  28. Took to it . like a retriever to water-ducks —Ouida
  29. Was drawn to … as if by strong cords —Aharon Appelfeld
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.attraction - the force by which one object attracts anotherattraction - the force by which one object attracts another
affinity - (immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody
bond, chemical bond - an electrical force linking atoms
force - (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
gravitation, gravitational attraction, gravitational force, gravity - (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface; "the more remote the body the less the gravity"; "the gravitation between two bodies is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them"; "gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love"--Albert Einstein
magnetic attraction, magnetic force, magnetism - attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force
van der Waal's forces - relatively weak attraction between neutral atoms and molecules arising from polarization induced in each particle by the presence of other particles
repulsion, repulsive force - the force by which bodies repel one another
2.attraction - an entertainment that is offered to the publicattraction - an entertainment that is offered to the public
travelog, travelogue - a film or illustrated lecture on traveling
counterattraction - a rival attraction
show - a social event involving a public performance or entertainment; "they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"
3.attraction - the quality of arousing interestattraction - the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts; "her personality held a strange attraction for him"
affinity - a natural attraction or feeling of kinship; "an affinity for politics"; "the mysterious affinity between them"; "James's affinity with Sam"
allure, temptingness, allurement - the power to entice or attract through personal charm
binding - the capacity to attract and hold something
drawing power - the capacity for attracting people (customers or supporters)
fascination - the capacity to attract intense interest; "he held the children spellbound with magic tricks and other fascinations"
lure, come-on, enticement - qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward
sexual attraction - attractiveness on the basis of sexual desire
showstopper, show-stopper - something that is strikingly attractive or has great popular appeal; "she has a show-stopper of a smile"; "the brilliant orange flowers against the green foliage were a showstopper"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
4.attraction - a characteristic that provides pleasure and attractsattraction - 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
5.attraction - an entertainer who attracts large audiencesattraction - an entertainer who attracts large audiences; "he was the biggest drawing card they had"
entertainer - a person who tries to please or amuse

attraction

noun
1. appeal, interest, draw, pull (informal), come-on (informal), charm, incentive, invitation, lure, bait, temptation, fascination, attractiveness, allure, inducement, magnetism, enchantment, endearment, enticement, captivation, temptingness, pleasingness It was never a physical attraction, just a meeting of minds.
2. pull, draw, magnetism the gravitational attraction of the Sun
3. entertainment, feature, delight, distraction, amusement, diversion, honeypot The walled city is an important tourist attraction

attraction

noun
Translations
جَاذِبِيَّةجاذِبِيَّةشَيء جَذَّاب
přitažlivostatrakcelákadlo
tiltrækningtrækplasterattraktion
vetovoima
privlačnost
aîlöîunòaî sem dregur aî, aîdráttarafl
魅力
끌어당기기
privlačnostzanimivost
attraktion
การดึงดูดความสนใจ
sự hấp dẫn

attraction

[əˈtrækʃən] N
1. (between people, also Phys) → atracción f
sexual attractionatracción f sexual
I felt an instant attraction towards himinmediatamente me sentí atraída por él
2. (= attractive feature) → encanto m, atractivo m; (= inducement) → aliciente m
city life has no attraction for mepara mí la vida en la ciudad no tiene ningún encanto or atractivo, no me atrae la vida en or de la ciudad
one of the attractions of the quiet lifeuno de los encantos or atractivos de la vida retirada
one of the attractions was a free caruno de los alicientes era un coche gratis
the attraction of the plan is thatel atractivo del plan está en que ..., lo atractivo del plan es que ...
spring attractions in Madridlas diversiones de la primavera madrileña
the main attraction at the party was Cindyel interés de la fiesta se cifraba en Cindy
the film has the special attraction of featuring Nicola Kiddla película tiene la atracción especial de presentar a Nicola Kidd

attraction

[əˈtrækʃən] n
(= pleasant feature) → attraction f, attrait m
The attraction of the house lay in its simplicity → L'attrait de la maison résidait dans sa simplicité.
a tourist attraction → une attraction touristique
(towards sb, sth)attirance f
the physical attraction between them → l'attirance physique qu'ils éprouvaient l'un pour l'autre
(PHYSICS)attraction f

attraction

n
(Phys, fig) → Anziehungskraft f; (esp of big city etc)Reiz m; to lose one’s/its attractionseinen Reiz verlieren; I still feel a certain attraction toward(s) himich fühle mich noch immer von ihm angezogen; to have an attraction for somebodyAnziehungskraft or einen Reiz auf jdn ausüben; what are the attractions of this subject?was ist an diesem Fach reizvoll?
(= attractive thing)Attraktion f

attraction

[əˈtrækʃn] nattrazione f, fascino; (pleasant feature) → attrattiva
city life has no attraction for me → la vita di città non mi attira affatto
one of the attractions was a free car → uno dei vantaggi era quello di una macchina gratis

attract

(əˈtrӕkt) verb
1. to cause (someone or something) to come towards. A magnet attracts iron; I tried to attract her attention.
2. to arouse (someone's) liking or interest. She attracted all the young men in the neighbourhood.
atˈtraction (-ʃən) noun
1. the act or power of attracting. magnetic attraction.
2. something that attracts. The attractions of the hotel include a golf-course.
atˈtractive (-tiv) adjective
1. pleasant and good- looking. an attractive girl; young and attractive.
2. likeable; tempting. an attractive personality; He found the proposition attractive.
atˈtractively adverb
atˈtractiveness noun

attraction

جَاذِبِيَّة přitažlivost tiltrækning Anziehungskraft έλξη atracción vetovoima attraction privlačnost attrazione 魅力 끌어당기기 aantrekkelijkheid tiltrekning atrakcyjność atração привлекательность attraktion การดึงดูดความสนใจ çekim sự hấp dẫn 吸引力

at·trac·tion

n. atracción;
to feel ___ tosentirse atraído por.
References in classic literature ?
By a Law of Nature with us, there is a constant attraction to the South; and, although in temperate climates this is very slight -- so that even a Woman in reasonable health can journey several furlongs northward without much difficulty -- yet the hampering effect of the southward attraction is quite sufficient to serve as a compass in most parts of our earth.
at the instant that the attraction of the moon exactly counterpoises that of the earth; that is to say at 47/52 of its passage.
Pondering over a new form of theatrical attraction for the coming winter season, Francis had determined to revive the languid public taste for the ballet by means of an entertainment of his own invention, combining dramatic interest with dancing.
It ended with the double hypothesis: either the attraction of the moon would draw it to herself, and the travelers thus attain their end; or that the projectile, held in one immutable orbit, would gravitate around the lunar disc to all eternity.
Apart from the interest Kitty took in this girl's relations with Madame Stahl and with other unknown persons, Kitty, as often happened, felt an inexplicable attraction to Mademoiselle Varenka, and was aware when their eyes met that she too liked her.
But the principal attraction was the exhibition of the Long Noses, a show to which Europe is as yet a stranger.
Politics, literature, agriculture--the customary pursuits of a man in my position--had none of them the slightest attraction for me.
I confess, whether beautiful or plain,--not too plain,--women who earn their own living have a peculiar attraction for me.
If they continued to sing like their great predecessor of romantic themes, they were drawn as by a kind of magnetic attraction into the Homeric style and manner of treatment, and became mere echoes of the Homeric voice: in a word, Homer had so completely exhausted the epic genre, that after him further efforts were doomed to be merely conventional.
The chief attraction of military service has consisted and will consist in this compulsory and irreproachable idleness.
It had been an irresistible attraction before ever his eyes opened and looked upon it.
Highbury, that airy, cheerful, happylooking Highbury, would be his constant attraction.