• English slip-decorated ware. Although made in England mainly for local consumption, many attractive examples were shipped to Virginia during the 17th century
    English slip-decorated ware. Although made in England mainly for local consumption, many attractive examples were shipped to Virginia during the 17th century
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v attract exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from moving away "the gravitational pull of a planet attracts other bodies"
    • v attract direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes "Her good looks attract the stares of many men","The ad pulled in many potential customers","This pianist pulls huge crowds","The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"
    • v attract be attractive to "The idea of a vacation appeals to me","The beautiful garden attracted many people"
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Attraction of spheres Attraction of spheres

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas
    • n Attract Attraction.
    • Attract To draw by influence of a moral or emotional kind; to engage or fix, as the mind, attention, etc.; to invite or allure; as, to attract admirers. "Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze."
    • Attract To draw to, or cause to tend to; esp. to cause to approach, adhere, or combine; or to cause to resist divulsion, separation, or decomposition. "All bodies and all parts of bodies mutually attract themselves and one another."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Male goats will pee on each other in order to attract mates
    • attract To draw in, to, or toward by direct mechanical agency or action of any kind.
    • attract To draw to or toward (itself) by inherent physical force; cause to gravitate toward or cohere with.
    • attract To draw by other than physical influence; invite or allure; win: as, to attract attention; to attract admirers.
    • attract Synonyms To entice, fascinate, charm.
    • attract To possess or exert the power of attraction: as, it is a property of matter to attract.
    • attract Figuratively, to be attractive or winning: as, his manners are calculated to attract.
    • n attract Attraction; in plural, attractive qualities; charms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bulls are not attracted to the color red
    • v.t Attract at-trakt′ to draw to or cause to approach: to allure: to entice: to draw forth
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.”
  • Epictetus
    “Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them?”
  • Russell Crowe
    Russell Crowe
    “I like villains because there's something so attractive about a committed person -- they have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They're motivated.”
  • Robert Collier
    “Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfillment.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. attractus, p. p. of attrahere,; ad, + trahere, to draw. See Trace (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. attrahĕre, attractusad, to, trahĕre, to draw.


In literature:

Its pure white color makes it an attractive plant, and it should be carefully learned.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
It was this that attracted me.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
The Chevalier de Lamarck, serving in Monaco, was attracted by its rich flora to the study of botany.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
What attractions are possible and feasible in the rural communities?
"Rural Life and the Rural School" by Joseph Kennedy
But this is about the only modern attraction this interesting city possesses.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
One of the least dangerous-looking switches would be one labeled CAPILLARY ATTRACTION.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Attraction of chromosomes by centrosomes.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The natural colors harmonize readily with the furnishings in most rooms, and the soft texture of the best ones is attractive.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
This, and his gentle, attractive manner, sometimes touched with melancholy, gave him a sort of angelic, spiritual air.
"Angelot" by Eleanor Price
His ability had immediately attracted his instructors on entering the seminary.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It seemed to him a suggestion that might prove insidiously attractive.
"The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
And what is her attraction?
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Every one of us has a magnet within which attracts others for good or evil, and which is attracted by good or evil.
"The Colored Girl Beautiful" by E. Azalia Hackley
I think you will find the view from the windows very pleasing and attractive.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
It is handsome in appearance and attracts the eye in every market.
"The Apple" by Various
After a few steps he stopped, attracted by a faint whistle which seemed to be calling him from the interior of a cabin.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Yet in spite of these things they were being attracted toward each other.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Ten minutes later, another thing occurred, which attracted his attention.
"An Artist in Crime" by Rodrigues Ottolengui
So neither the farm nor the immediate premises of the old Day house were attractive.
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
Why not allow the poor creatures to reach the sugar that attracted them to the spot?
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux

In poetry:

'Tis said that under distant skies,
Nor you the fact deny,
What first attracts an Indian's eyes
Becomes his deity.
"Valentine's Day" by William Shenstone
The voice, the eye, and the manner
Are all unlocked by a key
That has for its great attraction
A confiding sympathy.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
Attracted by the dreadful din,
His mistress came below--
Who, who can speak her wonderment--
Who, who can paint her woe!
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
To receive a healthful impression,
Mind must be free from fear,
Will must be held by attraction,
Soul, by a soul sincere.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
"Fearless brow to Him uplifting,
Canst thou for His thunders call,
Knowing that to guilt's attraction
Evermore they fall?
"What The Voice Said" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And blent with those attractive charms
How fair it was to see
Thy tenderness for her who fill'd
A Mother's place to thee.
"Miss Frances Wyman Tracy," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

In news:

Natural springs are the Byway 's largest attraction.
Amid a rash of murders of taxi drivers in New York City, the killing of Baithe Diop in 1995 still attracted attention.
Caboodle isn't much to look at from the outside: The plain-looking storefront in an unlikely strip mall doesn't attract a lot of attention.
The region of Berlin-Brandenburg not only boasts a long history of film production, but it is also the modern hub of the German movie industry and the main attraction for international productions that shoot in the country.
And a crowd is what he attracted Tuesday.
Of course, the city does boast its share of modern attractions.
A sketchy plot of landfill on the southwest corner of Long Island, New York, that attracts many migrants and a range of waterbirds in winter and nesting species in summer.
Brian Baer Special to The Bee Del Campo 's Josh Blumgold (6) attracts a crowd of Elk Grove defenders near the goal line.
ROSELLE PARK — A Roselle man was charged with trespassing on railroad property after the smoke from his campfire attracted the notice of Roselle Park firefighters and police officers on Aug 1.
Writer-director Stephen Gaghan is ramping up his next film -- and he's attracting interest from major actors.
What's the attraction of the Alan Ball-Calvin Johnson matchup for Wade Phillips.
After a land-dispute protest which attracted media from around the world, life in Wukan, China, seems to have returned to normal for now.
A sea of yellow is anticipated this spring across Canada as producers continue to be mesmerized by the attractive financial returns of growing canola .
Lithium battery maker A123 Systems may have been forced to file for bankruptcy protection this week, but the company is still attractive enough to spark a bidding war for its assets.
Green Hornet was attracted to accidents in Atlanta (LAT photo).

In science:

The study of regularly nonuniform spin models is an attracting problem of statistical mechanics.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
In particular, the in the inorganic compound CuGeO3 influence of an external field or randomness attracts much interest both from experimental and theoretical viewpoints (see e.g.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
Notwithstanding that kinetic energy of the electrons in a superconducting state is greater than  F , , the contribution of the potential energy of attraction between electron pairs is such, that the total energy of the superconducting state E e is smaller than the Fermi energy  F Kittel, 1978).
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
This attractor has the property that every point attracts a set (of functions) that is not shy , or of positive infinite-dimensional measure.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
An attractor A is an invariant set which attracts a neighbourhood U or for all xo ∈ U , S (t)xo converges to A as t → ∞.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
The largest such set U is called the basin of attraction of the attractor A.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
If the basin of attraction of an attractor A contains all bounded sets of X and A is compact, then we say that A is the global attractor.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
D ⊂ H 1 that has the global attractor A = ω(D), where ω denotes the ω -limit set, see . A is invariant, so on it we can solve the Navier-Stokes equation in backward time, it is non-empty and compact and attracts a neighbourhood of itself, see , moreover, it also attracts every bounded set in L2 .
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
B is prevalent but the realm of attraction of C , excluding points that are attracted to B , is shy.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
If B can be decomposed into finitely many (disjoint) minimal B -attractors, then the union of the realms of attraction of these minimal B -attractors is the whole space (L2 (Ω ⊂ R))n , n = 2, 3.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
The realm of attraction is a slight generalization of the basin of attraction, as the basin is an open set, but the realm can be either open or closed.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
The attractive potential in the three prong scatterer offsets the symmetry between the phase jumps and the phase drops so that they do not cancel each other.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
MRWs are very attractive alternative processes to classical cascade-like multifractal models since they do not involve any particular scale ratio.
A multifractal random walk
The latter, however, is mathematically more sound since its derivative does not go to zero at the origin and it is physically more attractive because a De Vaucouleurs profile will at some (large) radius dominate the total light distribution again.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
Seeds are the main agents that cause growth. A seed is a module that attracts other modules in order to further grow the structure.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots