• Ponto standing, looking attentive
    Ponto standing, looking attentive
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Attentate (Law) A proceeding in a court of judicature, after an inhibition is decreed.
    • Attentate An attempt; an assault.
    • Attentate (Law) Any step wrongly innovated or attempted in a suit by an inferior judge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal in Lafayette, Louisiana to play a musical instrument for the purpose of attracting attention, without a license.
    • n attentate A criminal attempt.
    • n attentate In law: A proceeding in a court of judicature after an inhibition is decreed. A thing done after an extra-judicial appeal. A matter improperly innovated or attempted by an inferior judge.
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  • Anita Brookner
    “Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -- a lot passes you by -- simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.”
  • Terence
    “You're a wise person if you can easily direct your attention to what ever needs it.”
  • Christopher Morley
    “No man is lonely while eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. attentatum, pl. attentata, fr. attentare, to attempt: cf. F. attentat, criminal attempt. See Attempt


In literature:

The exercise should be followed by a brief drill at attention in order to restore smartness and control.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
Of course, it calls up all the attention of the people.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
A swarm of small blue-winged flies attracted his attention.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
The city youth has too many things to divert his attention.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
She showed it in her slightly parted lips, her vivid eyes and the keen attention with which she listened to all that he said.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Such Attention to Religion, as prevents the Performance of other Duties, wrong.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
This much is fairly certain: the old masters paid little or no attention to what are now considered scientific principles.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
The volumes of Gerbertus were evidently perused with care and attention by Gunn.
"The Violin" by George Hart
She had listened with the gravity and attention of a judge to all that had been said.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
It is only fair that people should get attention in proportion as a little attention goes a great way.
"The Ghost in the White House" by Gerald Stanley Lee
At length he gave up the attempt and turned his attention to his small companion.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
Instead he sprang to attention, figuratively speaking.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Thark's attention focused again on his immediate surroundings, the Prowler's control room.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
He was anxious to pay me the same attention, but I drew back.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
A very painful affair occupied the attention of Washington in the autumn of 1782, when his judgment and his sympathies were placed in opposition.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
ATTENTION.= The men take the position of the soldier and fix their attention.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
But the exasperated beasts were not looking for fodder and paid no attention to the corn.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
He pointed to them and drew his companion's attention.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
It would invite the attention of his superiors.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
In October Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, whose "militant" movement in England was attracting world-wide attention, spoke in Hartford.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various

In poetry:

Or should pursuers press him hot,
One scarcely needs to mention
His quick and cruel barbs, that got
Shakespearean attention;
"Parable For A Certain Virgin" by Dorothy Parker
He bears the names of all his saints,
Deep on his heart engraved;
Attentive to the state and wants
Of all his love has saved.
"The True Aaron" by John Newton
And when, at last, Time finds him grey
With over-close attention,
He solves the problem of the day,
And gets an Old Age pension.
"The Happy Printer" by Henry Austin Dobson
If yo hear a clivver sarmon,
Yor attention it command's,
If yo know at th' praicher's heart's as white
As what he keeps his hands.
"Old Dave To Th' New Parson" by John Hartley
'One, who always attentive and dear,
Every effort exerted to please,
My desolate prospect to cheer,
To study my health and my ease.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
Like young Josiah tread aright,
Tho' thou shou'dst be no more than eight,
Unto the law, attention give,
Fear God, and as his servant, live.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Both its site and its majestic size attract attention, but for a couple of years it's been negative attention.
It's the high quality environment, attention to detail and excellent service, all in a peaceful and relaxing surrounding.
BREAUX BRIDGE, La (NBC33) — A Breaux Bridge bed and breakfast is about to get some national attention.
Obbie Ann Mason's work has attracted a great deal of attention, and rightly so.
I hear it said all the time: Why paint today, when ever-new forms of interactive technologies compete for our attention.
A new attraction at Estabrook Park is drawing a lot of attention.
The trial has garnered international attention due to the scale of those attacks, Mr Breivik's unusual manifesto, and the deliberations over his sanity.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has attracted mass attention from college students, many of whom are angry about huge debt and dim job prospects—and wondering what good it did to buy all those expensive textbooks.
If you pay attention to the flood of little movies that spew forth from smaller distributors every year, sifting through the shameless exploitation, self-impressed indies, and genre rehashes, every now and then you spot something new.
Today's Times turns our attention to the ethically fraught friendship between Rudy Giuliani and Fox News Channel honcho Roger Ailes: Giuliani had employed Ailes as a media consultant, lobbied for him later, and officiated at his wedding.
It was where he decided to pitch his tent that got him the most attention (and landed him in jail).
Why BetaWave Has Madison Avenue's Attention.
Nonproductive retching or visible bloating are an indication to seek emergency veterinary attention immediately.
Bloch , the embattled US special counsel whose tenure has brought national attention to his once-obscure agency, said yesterday that he will resign in January instead of staying on until a replacement can take over.
With only nine goats left on the farm we have had time to pay a bit more attention to them individually.

In science:

If we restrict attention to the subsector where all winding numbers are strictly positive (|w | = w > 0), this divergent contribution can be subtracted, since the total winding W = P wi = P |wi | is conserved in all interactions.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
Now we turn our attention to rejection steps.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
The Gibbs-Duhem method is straightforward, but there are several ways in which it can be implemented, and there are several subtleties that require attention.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
The 1d RFIM has received recently attention since it is simple enough that decimation-type real space renormalization can be applied to domain wall dynamics (each DW undergoes logarithmic Sinai diffusion ), which can be compared with our findings concerning the asymptotic state of such processes.
Ground states versus low-temperature equilibria in random field Ising chains
We now turn our attention to equilibrium configurations, i.e. the local magnetization m(x) and the domain structure at T > 0.
Ground states versus low-temperature equilibria in random field Ising chains
We now turn to a construction that allows us to restrict our attention to the case when the manifold Σ is oriented and has no boundary: The Schottky double ˆΣ of Σ.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Moreover, factorization (e.g. of the M¨obius strip to a crosscap plus a disc) allows us to restrict our attention to the case where X is the disc and where there is a single bulk insertion.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Karlin for drawing my attention to his work on coincidence probabilities.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Rieffel, especially in two-dimensional case -. I obtained new results about these theories focusing my attention on problems related to physics.
Gauge theories on noncommutative spaces
Finally we call attention that starting with a power law distribution, the MDH procedure works very well.
Breakdown of the perturbative renormalization group for S >= 1 random antiferromagnetic spin chains
Moreover, as it has been said, we pay a special attention to the statistics of random walks on the Riemann surfaces of the groups P SL(2, ZZ), B3 , Hq , Fn .
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
We investigate in this part only the abstract presentation of the groups in terms of commutation relations and do not pay attention to any representation.
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
Special attention has been set on the category of groups Gr, as the effect of a homotopical localization on the fundamental group is often best described by a localization functor L : Gr → Gr.
Finite simple groups and localization
Now, let us concentrate our attention on cases where the low-lying physics is described by the Dirac fermions.
Numerical Replica Limit for the Density Correlation of the Random Dirac Fermion
From now on, we concentrate our attention only on ψ+ .
Numerical Replica Limit for the Density Correlation of the Random Dirac Fermion