• 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
    • adj attractable capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet "the magnetic chips of steel produced by a cutting tool are attractable by a magnet"
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Attraction of spheres Attraction of spheres

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Male goats will pee on each other in order to attract mates
    • a Attractable Capable of being attracted; subject to attraction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bulls are not attracted to the color red
    • attractable Capable of being attracted; subject to attraction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Male bees will try to attract sex partners with orchid fragrance.
    • adj Attractable that may be attracted
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  • Jim Rohn
    “Money is usually attracted, not pursued.”
  • Luke Mckissack
    Luke Mckissack
    “Necessity is the mother of attraction.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: a man should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in his path.”
  • William Blake
    “Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.”
  • Jane Austen
    “There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.”
  • Ralph Charell
    Ralph Charell
    “The inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. attrahĕre, attractusad, to, trahĕre, to draw.


In literature:

In fall it takes on a coloring of pale gold, and is more attractive than ever.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
If we should chance within eighty thousand miles of him, he would attract us to him in a straight line.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
An especially attractive feature of it was the smart and graceful bay-window.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
As he was walking over a piece of boggy ground his eye was attracted to a singular plant, whose tall stem rose high above the grass.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
One sought for the right words to express her attraction.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
The fire which had attracted notice had been lighted by him.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
A clanking sound indicating that the hatchway of the "U-13" had been closed attracted the attention of the boys in that direction.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
But most of all he had a profound attraction of repulsion to St. Giles's.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Wax and glass eyes did not attract him.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
These attract during the early spring and summer months.
"Bird Houses Boys Can Build" by Albert F. Siepert
With his attractive ways and eternal thoughtfulness Charles captivated the company.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Her attention was attracted to the sweet-faced woman in the carriage.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
You are attracted by the best dressed ones, and you go and offer your heart to the bird with fine feathers.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell
They are all attributable to attraction, and attraction is greatest where intensity is greatest.
"The Philosophy of the Weather" by Thomas Belden Butler
A few years ago such a place would have been neither so decent nor attractive.
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve
With this as a basis, there will be no difficulty in making an attractive table.
"The Century Cook Book" by Mary Ronald
The inevitable attraction for women which specialists of the body possess, actually startled her.
"She Buildeth Her House" by Will Comfort
The Japanese Clematis or Paniculata is most attractive.
"Garden Ornaments" by Mary H. Northend
Attractions like that would always jam an amphitheater.
"The Car That Went Abroad" by Albert Bigelow Paine

In poetry:

There's a central, attractive figure,
With heart unselfish and warm,
That always appears in the picture--
'Tis my mother's benignant form.
"Retrospection" by Jared Barhite
On light beams flowing from above
Man's course of mortal being runs;
And with the loadstone of His love
The Eternal Sire attracts His sons.
"Heaven the Christian's Home" by John Bowring
My love knows not I love her so,
And would she scorn me, did she know?
How may the tale I would impart
Attract her ear and storm her heart?
"A Lyric" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"The sun with warm attractive rays
Tempts it to wanton in the blaze;
A gale succeeds from eastern skies,
And all its blushing radiance dies.
"The Rose-Bud" by William Shenstone
You smoke a pipe—of course, you do!
About an inch in length or less,
Which, from a sexual point of view,
Mars somehow your attractiveness.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
Every thing does seem to vie
Which should first attract thine Eye:
But since none deserves that grace,
In this Crystal view thy face.
"A Dialogue Between The Resolved Soul, And Created Pleasure" by Andrew Marvell

In news:

Brassica carinata provides the grower with enhanced yield (kg/ha) compared with other Brassicas (canola) and is therefore an attractive incentive for farmers as it could result in increased returns at the farmgate.
Bratislava 's attractions require more than a weekend to explore.
From Barnstable to Orleans starting Oct 22 and continuing through the 26th, oral rabies vaccine will be distributed in baits designed to attract raccoons.
Even the smallest accumulation of water can attract mosquitoes, which harbor this painful tropical disease.
Mad Men's' Jon Hamm attracts the ladies, but goal is to get them to vote.
Eternal Forces isn't due out until October, but its violence has attracted considerable controversy already.
Neighbors complain woman's bird feeders are attracting far too many birds.
The grizzly is attracted by the easy pickings of livestock.
An increasingly popular attraction in Homer is brown bear viewing.
The players are all attractive and good in their roles.
The much-married, oft-jailed father of seven was outside the Tribeca Grand on his way to the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors in Brooklyn last week when he bumped into an attractive brunette .
YouTubeThe incident occurred at at McDonald's in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, which locals say has a reputation of attracting unruly customers.
Knoxville Opera Company Attracts Younger, Mainstream Audiences.
Javier Sicilia's caravan attracts only a small crowd in San Luis Potosí, near the territory of the notorious Zeta drug cartel.
Some of the calcium and magnesium (both cations ) from the neutralized lime are attracted to the exchange sites.

In science:

This can be hard to find if there are many minima and/or the global minimum has a small “basin of attraction”.
Computer Science in Physics
In fact, the possibility of the energy gap be suppressed by disorder, driving the system to a RS phase has become a very attractive matter for investigation.
Breakdown of the perturbative renormalization group for S >= 1 random antiferromagnetic spin chains
It is only recently that d-dimensional quantum systems have attracted a considerable research effort.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
Photon splitting has attracted substantial interest in recent years due to the discovery of neutron stars with supercritical magnetic fields (i.e. magnetars; see Fig.6) .
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
For a variety of reasons, none of our pre-heated models are particularly attractive, with or without reset.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
They demonstrate a quadratic repulsion if k = n = 1, neutrality if k = n = 2, and attraction if k = n > 2.
SU(1,1) Random Polynomials
This is expected, because the gravitational attraction between the holes (which also contributes to the total mass) becomes negligible as the distance between the holes gets larger, and the holes can be regarded as point particles.
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions
However, the gravitational attraction should decrease the total mass, but we see that Mtot increases or is constant with decreasing d.
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions
This scenario seems very attractive for the OB association LH 5 and the H ii complex N83.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
Similar ideas have been studied in other models, either through the initial attractiveness of a node or the fitness of a site to compete for links .
Growing Random Networks with Fitness
The fitnesses here, can be thought of as a measure of attractiveness of the content of a web page.
Growing Random Networks with Fitness
The EVRW, although at the border, belongs to its basin of attraction.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
Equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties of 1D interfaces like crystal surfaces have attracted considerable interest .
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
The normal random walk, at f = 1, and the deterministic EVRW, at e = 1 mark the natural horizons of the basin of attraction of this e = f fixed point.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
For some value of φ close to π/2 or 3π/2, an attracting closed orbit and a basin boundary between the stable fixed point and the closed orbit were found in the phase portrait.
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system