• 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 attraction the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts "her personality held a strange attraction for him"
    • n attraction a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts "flowers are an attractor for bees"
    • n attraction an entertainment that is offered to the public
    • n attraction an entertainer who attracts large audiences "he was the biggest drawing card they had"
    • n attraction the force by which one object attracts another
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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
    • Attraction (Physics) An invisible power in a body by which it draws anything to itself; the power in nature acting mutually between bodies or ultimate particles, tending to draw them together, or to produce their cohesion or combination, and conversely resisting separation.
    • attraction etc. See under Amplitude Attraction, etc.
    • Attraction That which attracts; an attractive object or feature.
    • Attraction The act or property of attracting; the effect of the power or operation of attraction.
    • Attraction The power or act of alluring, drawing to, inviting, or engaging; an attractive quality; as, the attraction of beauty or eloquence.
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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 attraction The act, power, or property of attracting. Specifically— In physical, the force through which particles of matter are attracted or drawn toward one another; a component acceleration of particles toward one another, according to their distance. Such attraction is a mutual action which in some form all bodies, whether at rest or in motion, exert upon one another. The attractive force with which the atoms of different bodies in certain cases tend to unite, so as to form a new body or bodies, is called chemical affinity; that which binds together the molecules of the same body is called cohesion; those of different bodies, adhesion. Connected with the last-named forces is capillary attraction, by which liquids tend to rise in fine tubes or small interstices of porous bodies. In all the cases mentioned the forces act only through very small distances. When bodies tend to come together from sensible distances, the acceleration being inversely as the square of the distance, and the force proportional to the mass, the attraction is called gravitation, as when the earth attracts and is attracted by a falling body, or attracts and is attracted by the moon, etc.; or magnetism, as when exerted between the unlike poles of a magnet; or electricity, as when dissimilarly electrified bodies attract one another. See capillary, chemical, cohesion, electricity, gravitation, magnetism. The power or act of alluring, winning, or engaging; allurement; enticement: as, the attraction of beauty or eloquence.
    • n attraction That which attracts feeling or desire; a charm; an allurement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas
    • n Attraction act of attracting: the force which draws or tends to draw bodies or their particles to each other: that which attracts
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  • Julia Phillips
    Julia Phillips
    “Hollywood is a place that attracts people with massive holes in their souls.”
  • Gutzkow
    “Oh, how powerfully the magnet of illusion attracts.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.”
  • Andy Warhol
    “Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. attractio,: cf. F. attraction,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. attrahĕre, attractusad, to, trahĕre, to draw.


In literature:

Her frankness in running after him showed him her sense of her position, her popularity, her attraction.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Its chief attractions, however, lie between the Bowling Green and Thirty-fourth street.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Though soft and gentle it would have had no particular attraction for the now thirsty Rokuzo.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
The full ray of her glance seemed to rest upon his lips as the most attractive point about him.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
His pathetic face attracted Dora and Elsie Vaughan as they passed the cottage every day.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Strange, all beautiful as she was she did not attract, as one would suppose, the admiration of the other sex.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
The fashionables are mustering very strong, and the prospect of the approaching coronation appears to be very attractive.
"Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II." by Pierce Egan
A vase of flowers or leaves or a small potted plant, in the centre of the table, will help to make it attractive.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
I went early, so as to get my seat without attracting attention.
"The Blunders of a Bashful Man" by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
Suddenly his attention was attracted to a young girl who had just entered the restaurant.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
The thought of the big house was not half so attractive, shorn of the figure of the sympathetic friend.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Fortunately for Wilson, he was too poor and too humble to attract their patronage until his book was published.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Her beauty was not the sort of beauty which would attract every one.
"The Angel" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Avoid the attractive blue, and blue and white except for pitchers, cups, bowls, and plates.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne
But Lady Richard was, of course, the centre of all the attractions.
"The Under-Secretary" by William Le Queux
His attractive eyes sought hers with a fond persistence.
"The Career of Katherine Bush" by Elinor Glyn
If she is not to attract our homage, why did he make her solitary in her greatness amid his vast creation?
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
It is like suddenly coming face to face with an imperial lady of dazzling attractions.
"The Amazing Argentine" by John Foster Fraser
Guy was considerably attracted by the young hostess.
"Whither Thou Goest" by William Le Queux
Plenty of other things came on to attract their attention.
"This House to Let" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

Sure, when I reach the point where earth
Melts into nothing from th' uncumbered sight,
Heaven will o'ercome th' attraction of my birth.
And I shall sink in yonder sea of light:
"Ascension Day" by John Keble
XIV. Yet still those laws immutable and true
To nature's void, attraction 's sacred laws,
Each spirit to its kindred spirit drew ,
Of sweet effects , the fond and final cause .
"The Minstrel Boy" by Sydney Owenson
"Homage to Virtue as our Queen we pay,
And Wisdom, uttering her commands, obey;
Yet fondly own a more attractive power,
And hail thee, Temper! friend of every hour."
"The Triumphs Of Temper : Canto VI." by William Hayley
"Furs, ermines, rods, may well attract thy scorn,
The futile presents of capricious Power!
But wit, but worth, the public sphere adorn,
And who but envies then the social hour?
"Elegy XXIV. He Takes Occasion, From the Fate of Eleanor of Bretagne" by William Shenstone
The blaze of zeal extends from breast to breast,
While Heaven supplies each innocent request;
And lo! what fond regard their smiles reveal,
Attractive as the magnet to the steel.
"On The Consequences Of Happy Marriages" by George Moses Horton
Great is Justice!
Justice is not settled by legislators and laws—it is in the Soul;
It cannot be varied by statutes, any more than love, pride, the
attraction of gravity, can;
"Great Are The Myths" by Walt Whitman

In news:

LAS VEGAS — Two men who say they're Berkeley, Calif, law school students have been arrested after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird that was part of a Las Vegas resort attraction.
Two men who say they're UC Berkeley law school students have been arrested after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird that was part of a Las Vegas resort attraction.
Two men who say they're Berkeley, Calif, law school students have been arrested after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird that was part of a Las Vegas resort attraction.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two men who say they're Berkeley, Calif, law school students have been arrested after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird that was part of a Las Vegas resort attraction.
An attractive dollar store and interim city manager are discussed.
Up until Tuesday, he was the anonymous benefactor who donated $500,000 to upgrade the Robert E Fitch High School baseball field and attract the Mystic Schooners baseball team.
Charm and history attract residents and visitors to German Village, one of the city's best-known neighborhoods.
But when it comes time to attract recruits, it's not always easy finding a place in line.
Key Texas congressional race attracts $7 million from outside groups.
Mysterious and powerful, lions, tigers and other big cat s are always top attractions at zoos.
MTV "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino considers attractive blond twins merely a back-up plan.
More than ever, printers are focused on finding ways to attract new customers and maximize the business they get from existing customers.
Biomagnetic Separation Attracting Users.
Bioplastic firms attract investment.
Think like a bird to attract colorful cardinals, goldfinches, and nuthatches to your yard.

In science:

One of the most attractive characteristics of the Lazarus approach is that it provides a built-in facility for cross-checking the three primary treatments underlying the model.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
There are two well-known mechanisms that can give rise to this staggering, namely the Kramers degeneracy in the mean-field Hamiltonian and the BCS mechanism arising from an attractive effective interaction.
Odd-even binding effect from random two-body interactions
Taking a uniform mean-field spectrum and an attractive pairing interaction with constant coupling, one observes a smooth crossover from BCS superconductivity in the bulk to the few-electron regime.
Odd-even binding effect from random two-body interactions
Our Hamiltonian thus includes attractive and repulsive pairing interactions as well as more general two-body interactions.
Odd-even binding effect from random two-body interactions
We will show that oddeven staggering also fits into this picture and is not solely a consequence of an attractive pairing force.
Odd-even binding effect from random two-body interactions
Furthermore, an expression for the cluster coefficient, a quantity that has attracted much interest in network theory recently, is derived.
Random Geometric Graphs
As a whole, the most attractive are the mixed cases (ν, ∗) where one fluid characteristic and one metric component are specified.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
Moreover, we show that these scaling results are stable against adding self-attraction, provided the self-repellence dominates.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
Weak interaction limit for self-repellent and self-attractive polymers.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
The method introduced in this paper extends to the situation where self-attraction is added to the polymer.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
Traditionally, this regular behavior has been interpreted as a consequence of particular interactions, such as an attractive pairing force in semimagic nuclei and an attractive neutron-proton quadrupole-quadrupole interaction for deformed nuclei.
How random are random nuclei? Shapes, triangles and kites
Note that when m > 1, our class of simply attractive potentials is rather restrictive; each one can be decomposed into a sum of m simply attractive potentials, one in each coordinate direction.
Random Surfaces
If the Vx,y are increasing on [0, ∞) and for some b > 0 satisfy the condition that Vx,y (mη ) ≤ bVx,y (η ) for all η , then Φ is a perturbed simply attractive potential. (Observe that Ψ{x,y}(ψ) = b Pm i=1 Vx,y (|ψ(x)i−ψ(y )i |) is simply attractive.
Random Surfaces
It is also easy to see that the sum of a perturbed simply attractive potential and any bounded potential is (at least after adding a constant) a perturbed simply attractive potential.
Random Surfaces
Each of these models is the sub ject of a sizable literature, and each has features that make it easier to work with than general simply attractive or perturbed simply attractive potentials.
Random Surfaces