distraction


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dis·trac·tion

 (dĭ-străk′shən)
n.
1. The act of distracting, or the condition of being distracted: Inexperienced drivers are especially vulnerable to distraction. His distraction of the child worked well, and the child stopped crying.
2. Something that makes it difficult to pay attention or that draws attention away from familiar or everyday concerns: was annoyed by the distractions of having so many roommates; found that the shopping mall was always full of pleasant distractions.
3. Mental or emotional disturbance; agitation or confusion: loved the puppy to distraction; was driven to distraction by the noisy neighbors.

distraction

(dɪˈstrækʃən)
n
1. the act or an instance of distracting or the state of being distracted
2. something that serves as a diversion or entertainment
3. an interruption; obstacle to concentration
4. (Psychology) mental turmoil or madness

dis•trac•tion

(dɪˈstræk ʃən)

n.
1. the act of distracting.
2. the state of being distracted.
3. mental distress or derangement.
4. a person or thing that prevents concentration.
5. something that amuses.
[1425–75; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin]
dis•trac′tive, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.distraction - mental turmoildistraction - mental turmoil; "he drives me to distraction"
confusedness, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness, confusion - a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior; "a confusion of impressions"
2.distraction - an obstacle to attention
inattention - lack of attention
3.distraction - an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexationsdistraction - an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
entertainment, amusement - an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention
4.distraction - the act of distractingdistraction - the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something; "conjurers are experts at misdirection"
revision, alteration - the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification); "it would require a drastic revision of his opinion"

distraction

noun
1. disturbance, interference, diversion, interruption Total concentration is required with no distractions.
2. entertainment, recreation, amusement, diversion, pastime, divertissement, beguilement every conceivable distraction from shows to bouncy castles
3. frenzy, madness, desperation, hysteria, mania, insanity, delirium, derangement A very clingy child can drive a parent to distraction.

distraction

noun
Something, especially a performance or show, designed to entertain:
Translations
تَلْهِيَه، إلْهاءقَلَق، خَبَل، إضطِراب
rozptýlenírozrušení
det at være drevet til vanvidforstyrrelsesindsforvirring
zaklatottságzavaró tényezõ
hugarangist, uppnámtruflun
rušivý moment
motnjarazvedrilo
dikkati dağıtan şeyşaşkınlık

distraction

[dɪsˈtrækʃən] N
1. (= interruption) → distracción f
2. (= entertainment) → diversión f
3. (= distress, anxiety) → aturdimiento m
to drive sb to distractionvolver loco a algn

distraction

[dɪˈstrækʃən] n
(from concentration)distraction f, dérangement m
to be a distraction from sth → détourner l'attention de qch
(= entertainment) → divertissement m
(= madness) to drive sb to distraction → rendre qn fou(folle)

distraction

n
no pl (= lack of attention)Unaufmerksamkeit f
(= interruption: from work etc) → Ablenkung f
(= entertainment)Zerstreuung f
(= anxiety)Ruhelosigkeit f, → Unruhe f; (= distraught state)Verstörung f; to love somebody to distractionjdn wahnsinnig lieben; to drive somebody to distractionjdn zum Wahnsinn or zur Verzweiflung treiben

distraction

[dɪsˈtrækʃn] n
a. (interruption) → distrazione f; (entertainment) → distrazione, diversivo
b. (distress, madness) to drive sb to distractionfar impazzire qn

distract

(diˈstrӕkt) verb
to draw aside (the mind or attention of). He was constantly being distracted from his work by the noisy conversation of his colleagues.
diˈstracted adjective
1. turned aside (from what one is doing or thinking). He had slipped out while her attention was distracted.
2. out of one's mind; mad. a distracted old woman.
3. distressed. The distracted mother couldn't reach her child in the burning house.
diˈstraction (-ʃən) noun
1. something that takes the mind off other especially more serious affairs. There are too many distractions here to allow one to work properly.
2. anxiety and confusion. in a state of complete distraction.

dis·trac·tion

n. distracción.
1. inhabilidad para concentrarse en una experiencia determinada;
2. separación de articulaciones sin dislocación.
References in classic literature ?
Abandoning everything to the greedy grasp of those around her, the mother darted, with distraction in her mien, to reclaim her child.
There is one end of the room where it is almost intact, and there, when the crosslights fade and the low sun shines directly upon it, I can almost fancy radiation after all,--the interminable grotesques seem to form around a common centre and rush off in headlong plunges of equal distraction.
Possibly some slight reaction to their previous disappointment may have already set in; perhaps they felt any distraction to be a relief to their anxiety about their father.
In all directions expanding in vast irregular circles, and aimlessly swimming hither and thither, by their short thick spoutings, they plainly betrayed their distraction of panic.
He also advised me to be composed; I scorned the insinuation of helplessness and distraction, shook off his hand, and began to walk about again.
The latter's distraction at his bereavement is a subject too painful to be dwelt on; its after-effects showed how deep the sorrow sunk.
The nature of my relations with her, which placed me on terms of familiarity without placing me on terms of favour, conduced to my distraction.
The visitors were at a loss to account for the sudden distraction of the young ladies' attention which ensued.
Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with,' the Mock Turtle replied; `and then the different branches of Arithmetic-- Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.
This is the day you have set apart to devote to this object, and perhaps in fulfilling this duty you may find some distraction from the melancholy to which, as I see to my sorrow, you are a prey.
My anxiety and distraction did not allow me to observe or notice particularly what she wore; I could only perceive the colours, which were crimson and white, and the glitter of the gems and jewels on her head dress and apparel, surpassed by the rare beauty of her lovely auburn hair that vying with the precious stones and the light of the four torches that stood in the hall shone with a brighter gleam than all.
Often the girl came in for many blows that were intended for a hairy foe, and once she was felled, lying unconscious while the apes, relieved of the distraction of detaining her by force, tore into one another in fierce and terrible combat.