distraction

Definitions

  • Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants
    Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n distraction the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something "conjurers are experts at misdirection"
    • n distraction an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
    • n distraction mental turmoil "he drives me to distraction"
    • n distraction an obstacle to attention
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dutchess is distracted as the mouse pie is taken from the oven Dutchess is distracted as the mouse pie is taken from the oven

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Calvin and Hobbes: Hobbes originally had pads on his hands and feet but Bill Waterson (the creator) found them too distracting and removed them.
    • Distraction A diversity of direction; detachment. "His power went out in such distractions as
      Beguiled all species."
    • Distraction Agitation from violent emotions; perturbation of mind; despair. "The distraction of the children, who saw both their parents together, would have melted the hardest heart."
    • Distraction Confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder; as, political distractions . "Never was known a night of such distraction ."
    • Distraction Derangement of the mind; madness.
    • Distraction State in which the attention is called in different ways; confusion; perplexity. "That ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction ."
    • Distraction That which diverts attention; a diversion. "Domestic distractions ."
    • Distraction The act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation. "To create distractions among us."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Golf was banned in England in 1457 because it was considered a distraction from the serious pursuit of archery.
    • n distraction The act of drawing or the state of being drawn apart; separation.
    • n distraction A drawing away of the mind from one point or course to another or others; diversion of thought or feeling into a different channel or toward different objects.
    • n distraction A drawing of the mind in different directions; mental confusion arising from diverse or opposing considerations; perplexity; bewilderment: as, the distraction caused by a multitude of questions or of cares.
    • n distraction Confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder: as, political distractions.
    • n distraction Violent mental excitement, or extreme agony of mind, simulating madness in its tendencies or outward exhibition; despairing perturbation: as, this toothache drives me to distraction.
    • n distraction A state of disordered reason; frenzy; insanity; madness.
    • n distraction A cause of diversion or of bewilderment, as of the attention or the mind; something that distracts, in any sense: as, the distractions of gayety or of business; labor is often a distraction from gloomy thoughts.
    • n distraction In Greek grammar, the dialectic or poetical use of two similar vowels identical in pronunciation, or differing only in quantity, for a single long vowel in the ordinary Greek form: as, φόως for φῶς, ὁρόω for ὁρῶ, κράατος for κρᾶτος,κληηδών for κληδών etc. Such forms are really examples of assimilation, as an intermediate stage between an earlier open form with different vowels and the later contracted form: as, ὀράω, ὀρόω, ὁρῶ.
    • n distraction In French-Canadian law, the divesting of the right to costs from the client or other person presumptively or ordinarily entitled, and the declaration of it to belong to the attorney, guardian, or other person equitably entitled.—
    • n distraction A confusing division or course; a misleading separation or detachment of parts.
    • n distraction Synonyms Derangement, aberration of mind, delirium, mania.
    • n distraction In surgery, the act of pulling upon the segments of a limb so as to cause a separation of the opposing joint-surfaces.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Distraction state of being distracted: perplexity: agitation: madness: a diversion
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Quotations

  • Socrates
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    “A multitude of books distracts the mind.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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    “At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “A distracted existence leads us to no goal.”
  • Doug Horton
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    “Materialism is the only form of distraction from true bliss.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.”
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
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    “America is addicted to wars of distraction.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. distractio,: cf. F. distraction,

Usage

In literature:

Dost thou know that that stupid Otho loves her yet to distraction?
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
I have no neighbours, no society to offer you, no distractions of any sort.
"Jeanne of the Marshes" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
They want what they call love, even if to them it always sinks to second place, if indeed it means nothing more than distraction.
"The Window-Gazer" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
The storm had passed over the Poultry at four o'clock, bringing welcome distraction to the clerks in every office.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
Dr. Clifford said rightly: he wanted distractions.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
Next, in an apparent distraction, he went to the folding-doors.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
Happily for young and for old, the intense insight of the young has much to distract or soften it.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
My heart 's in the earth, and I must have distractions.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
Besides, Heriot's love for Julia, whom none of us saw now, was an incessant distraction.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
Even the talk of the forthcoming Elections, hardly to be avoided at his table, seemed a puerile distraction.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
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In poetry:

Wise, wise, wise, art Thou;
Wise beyond our highest thought:
Nought, when at Thy throne we bow,
Shall distract our praises—nought!
"God is One" by John Bowring
I strayed through the midst of the city
Like one distracted or mad.
"Oh, Life! Oh, Life!" I kept saying,
And the very word seemed sad.
"Life and Nature" by Archibald Lampman
Dear, damn'd distracting town, farewell!
Thy fools no more I'll tease:
This year in peace, ye critics, dwell,
Ye harlots, sleep at ease!
"Farewell to London" by Alexander Pope
O help me God! for thou alone
Canst my distracted soul relieve;
Forsake it not — it is thine own,
Though weak yet longing to believe.
"A Hymn" by Anne Bronte
The castle walls are falling
And war distracts the land,
But the sword leaps not from that mildewed spot
There in that dead king's hand.
"The Two Coffins" by Eugene Field
Oh, help me, God! For thou alone
Canst my distracted soul relieve;
Forsake it not: it is thine own,
Though weak, yet longing to believe.
"The Doubter's Prayer" by Anne Bronte

In news:

Danica Patrick has become a bad distraction for the IndyCar Series.
It requires a lot of time and energy, and can distract and disrupt the everyday order of things.
Distracting GOP with old, white male mantra.
GOP Attacks Distracting Voters From 'Real Issues.
So let me distract you, too.
And the fear of technology distraction seems to be a very real concern, often outweighing the other perceived benefits of having in-car connectivity options.
Did you catch the report on Monday's front page about distracted walking.
Monday's Associated Press report stated people have stepped out in front of bicycles, cars and even trains while distracted by hand-held gadgets.
But the incident, captured last year by a security camera and provided to The Associated Press, underscores the risks of what government officials and safety experts say is a growing problem: distracted walking.
"He has a terrible jobs result, he has a terrible record to run on, so since he cannot run on his record he has now gone to dividing the country in order to distract the country and try to win this election.".
The Tax vs Penalty Debate Is Distracting Romney.
Maque choux can stand up to longer cooking if you get distracted and can be gently reheated a few hours later.
As part of the CHP's National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Sonoma police wrote at least 30 citations last week for motorists talking on their cell phones while driving.
Did Barack Obama briefly look a bit distracted during the final minutes of Monday night's debate with Mitt Romney.
From time to time we're all a little distracted by that stubborn Winter padding.
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In science:

If we disregard for a moment the distracting logarithmic terms we will see the point of this estimate.
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
In order not to distract the reader, we defer this rather technical proof in the Appendix.
On the singularity probability of random Bernoulli matrices
The authors report a semantic effect in immediate free recall, which is localized at recency and is preserved under articulatory suppression but is highly reduced when recall is delayed after an intervening distracter task.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
We collect here a few technical results which would have been distracting in the body of the paper.
On infinite-volume mixing
Its proof is rather technical, and to avoid distraction, it will be given in the end of this subsection.
Getting directed Hamilton cycle twice faster
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