• 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
    • n attracter a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts "flowers are an attractor for bees"
    • n attracter (physics) a point in the ideal multidimensional phase space that is used to describe a system toward which the system tends to evolve regardless of the starting conditions of the system
    • n attracter an entertainer who attracts large audiences "he was the biggest drawing card they had"
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Attraction of spheres Attraction of spheres

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1785, the city of Paris removed bones from cemeteries to ease the overflow of dead people. They took these bones and stacked them in tunnels now known as the Catacombs. You can visit these tunnel attractions and work your way along long corridors, which are stacked with skulls and bones
    • n Attracter One who, or that which, attracts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: To make butter more attractive in colour, carrot juice was used by people in the Middle Ages
    • n attracter One who or that which attracts. Also spelled attractor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas
    • Attracter an agent of attraction
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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.”
  • Anthony Burgess
    “Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.”
  • Jean-Luc Godard
    Jean-Luc Godard
    “Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.”
  • 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?”


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


In literature:

In spite of the desolation that pervades polar regions, the resources are considerable and have attracted much commercial activity.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Social life was so attractive to him.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
She was not the least shy or averse to attracting attention.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Floyd wonders again how it is that Cecil is blind to all this attraction.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The vibration, however, so far from causing the extinction of the original attraction, is in part carried on by that attraction.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
There are at Bell many seedlings of both these types of great attractiveness and promise.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
It is attractive both on account of the freshness of its melodies and the popular character of its music and text.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
What attraction and counter-attraction they must exert upon each other!
"Aether and Gravitation" by William George Hooper
While the centre of attraction in Agra is the Taj Mahal, the fort, palace, and Moti Musjid (Pearl Mosque) are of equal interest.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
A workmanlike dress can be very attractive.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
Yet some of the brighter ones particularly attract and excite our attention.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
There was developing in her that perfection of womanhood, the full mold of form, which could not help but attract any man.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Attractive libraries and reading rooms make less attractive the seductions of other places.
"The Library and Society" by Various
His attractive personality won him the hand of Constance, the daughter of the French king, Philip I., and he collected a large army.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
It is such a flowery, bright, and cheerful place, that it quite attracted us.
"A Flight in Spring" by J. Harris Knowles
He was a precocious child, attracting attention by his beauty of feature and by his winning ways.
"The Century of Columbus" by James J. Walsh
There are few attractions in Nubia beyond the numerous temples and other ancient remains of the Egyptians.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
On a sudden something attracted her gaze.
"Countess Erika's Apprenticeship" by Ossip Schubin
The Brewer Fountain, the Deer Park and the Tremont and Beacon Street Malls complete the list of conspicuous attractions on the Common.
"Peculiarities of American Cities" by Willard Glazier
Italy, it seemed to him, formed just the background to set off to best advantage his wife's personal attractions.
"The Spell" by William Dana Orcutt

In poetry:

by being moved I exert my empire,
making the dreams of night real:
into my body at the bottom of the water
I attract the beyonds of mirrors...
"My Life" by Rainer Maria Rilke
by being moved I exert my empire,
making the dreams of night real:
into my body at the bottom of the water
I attract the beyonds of mirrors…
"Water Lily" by Rainer Maria Rilke
While through this troubled world you rove,
Be not to its attractions blind;
And if you find not much to love,
Love well the little that you find.
"Look on the Bright Side" by John Bowring
She seemed in sorrow, yet serene, No tear was on her face;
And lighting oft her pensive mien,
Upon her languid look was seen
A meek attractive grace.
"The Harp Of Hoel" by William Lisle Bowles
The guineas were bright and attracted their sight
They look'd so heavy and new,
And their fingers itch'd as they were bewitch'd
And they knew not what to do.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
Our little lives are kept in equipoise
By opposite attractions and desires;
The struggle of the instinct that enjoys,
And the more noble instinct that aspires.
"Haunted Houses. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

The flash of a brine-cured strip bait will attract pelagics everywhere they swim.
Ancient art of miniature trees is attracting double-takes on streets of SL.
Hooters is trying to attract women as well as men.
Now Expedia has an accompanying deal that sweetens the pot: Book a room this winter at selected hotels and receive two-for-one admission to some of the city's most popular attractions.
A new commuter bypass/bridge opens another world to tourists at Nevada's storied 75-year-old attraction.
The bookstore's revenue helps to support a homey library whose fireplace, coffee pot, and jigsaw puzzles in progress attract not only quick-stop borrowers but also people looking for a sociable place to spend part of their day.
More than ever, candidates are relying on technology to broadcast their messages and attract voters.
John Hickenlooper released an updated version of the statewide economic development plan created earlier this year to spur Colorado's economy, help businesses grow and attract new jobs to the state.
I've been trapping slugs with beer, as I read they are attracted to the yeast.
Bounce houses are just one of the attractions at the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) Summer Spectacular, to be held Saturday, July 21, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat Launch in Massena.
I see the Obama campaign has redesigned the American flag, and very attractive it is too.
Sold to the public 20 years ago as a way to attract "citizen lawmakers," term limits in Michigan - 12:06 am.
If you want to brainstorm ways to make your conference more attractive to a younger audience, don't let the group spin its wheels over a more general topic such as "ideas to improve the conference.".
Well here's a whopping non-surprise: a new study reveals women aren't always very nice to one other, primarily when other women are attractive.
A leisure drive offers cherished attraction of history.

In science:

If the variable y belongs to the domain of attraction of a stable distribution of exponent α > 1, then y has a finite expectation E ; just as in the case α = 2, we can choose bn = n1−1/αE .
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
It is attracted from the left only by the root x1 of p, and from the right by all the other roots, so we see Lemma 3.1.
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
Displaced (attractive) random ensembles lead to rotational spectra with strongly enhanced BE 2 transitions for a certain class of model spaces.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
Later, it will be shown that the attractive nature of the interaction leads to BE 2 coherence so far detected in a randomized IBM context but not in shell model (SM) simulations.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
Therefore, for attractive forces, the coherent part is a matrix whose elements are constants c = −|c|; leading to a displaced TBRE (DTBRE).
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
In a two-body context with good J , attractive forces do not have systematically negative matrix elements, but their signs must have a very general origin, because all realistic interactions are spectacularly similar , and the extremely rare sign discrepancies only affect the smallest absolute values.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
Recently, deep virtual exclusive reactions such as Compton scattering or hard meson electroproduction at large photon virtualities, Q2 , and small momentum transfer, −t, attracted much interest.
Generalized parton distributions at large momentum transfer
Increasing the disorder over ω = 0.5 we reach the region of attraction of the normal percolation, and the corresponding fixed point (P ERC ) is located at ω = ∞.
The Random-bond Potts model in the large-q limit
Our RG phase diagram is completed by introducing a repulsive tricritical fixed point, T R, at ω = 0.5, which separates the regions of attraction of the two non-trivial fixed points, DI S and P ERC .
The Random-bond Potts model in the large-q limit
Until our recent work with Gert Heckman we had not realized that the constructions also work for ball quotients and that they form an attractive class to treat before embarking on the more involved case of type IV domain quotients.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
If ζ = 0, then the number of the monomers which are attracted or repelled from the well is on average the same, so that the heteropolymer is statistically symmetric.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
On the contrary, if ζ 6= 0, there is an excess of the monomers, which are repelled from (ζ > 0) or attracted to (ζ < 0) the well.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
The attractive interaction with the surface will be modelled by the potential Vint(z) = uδ(z − z 0 ), where z 0 is small but nonzero (see below).
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
The second sum in (4) gives an additional attractive interaction, if the monomers belonging to different polymers contact the surface simultaneously.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
Identifying D as 2/2m, Eq.(6) coincides exactly with the eigenenergy condition for the localization of a quantum mechanical particle in an attractive Delta-potential placed at the distance z0 from the wall.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface