• Ponto standing, looking attentive
    Ponto standing, looking attentive
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n attention the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something "no medical care was required","the old car needs constant attention"
    • n attention a courteous act indicating affection "she tried to win his heart with her many attentions"
    • n attention a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review "the troops stood at attention"
    • n attention the faculty or power of mental concentration "keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention"
    • n attention the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
    • n attention a general interest that leads people to want to know more "She was the center of attention"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Church buildings ... special attention Church buildings ... special attention

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal in Lafayette, Louisiana to play a musical instrument for the purpose of attracting attention, without a license.
    • Attention An act of civility or courtesy; care for the comfort and pleasure of others; as, attentions paid to a stranger.
    • Attention The act or state of attending or heeding; the application of the mind to any object of sense, representation, or thought; notice; exclusive or special consideration; earnest consideration, thought, or regard; obedient or affectionate heed; the supposed power or faculty of attending. "They say the tongues of dying men
      Enforce attention like deep harmony."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: male lions somtimes kill their own kids if they seem a threat or take the attention of their mate.
    • n attention Active direction of the mind upon an object of sense or of thought, giving it relative or absolute prominence: it may be either voluntary or involuntary.
    • n attention The power or faculty of mental concentration.
    • n attention Consideration; observant care; notice: as, your letter has just arrived, and will receive early attention.
    • n attention Civility or courtesy, or an act of civility or courtesy: as, attention to a stranger; in the plural, acts of courtesy indicating regard: as, his attentions to the lady were most marked.
    • n attention In military tactics, a cautionary word used as a preparative to a command to execute some manœuver: as, attention, company! right face! Synonyms Notice, heed, mindfulness, observance; study. Politeness, deference.
    • n attention The whole of consciousness, regarded as made up of contents which may successively become clear under attention. The first usage is based on the analogy of the visual field of regard, the second on the analogy of the field of vision.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medication prescribed for individuals (usually children) who have an abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.
    • n Attention at-ten′shun act of attending, as in to pay, give, call, or attract attention: steady application of the mind: heed: civility, courtesy: care
    • interj Attention (mil.) a cautionary word used as a command to execute some manœuvre
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “The true art of memory is the art of attention.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths.”
  • Sir Isaac Newton
    Sir Isaac Newton
    “If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “People will teach you how to sell them if you'll pay attention to the messages they send you.”
  • James Mackintosh
    James Mackintosh
    “Whatever is popular deserves attention.”
  • Cuba Gooding Jr.
    Cuba Gooding Jr.
    “I've always been a sucker for attention.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. attentio,: cf. F. attention,


In literature:

Attention, Porthos, serious attention!
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
He was waiting attentively for Jesus to go on.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
But it was chiefly the two former branches of theology that engaged his attention.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
As she softly prepared things she listened attentively, with a sort of burning attention, to the music.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
One hundred and thirteenth day, for the first time regards his image with attention (197).
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
His whole attention was focused on the ugly glaring faces of Bill Loring and Al Mason.
"Danger in Deep Space" by Carey Rockwell
The subject of nutrition is an important one, and well worthy the attention of every person who values life.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Real wealth and distinction never invite your attention.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
We are also familiar with another kind of attention.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
As a teacher I have found that if I am really attentive to my pupils, they pay attention to me.
"Herein is Love" by Reuel L. Howe

In poetry:

Be aware that I take no pity on myself,
that I mix my blood with birch trees!
I bring this to your attention with dispatch!
Watch what you do!
"Knot 19" by Nichita Stanescu
The parish Priest far better sped;
Attentive both to what he said.
From conscience their small tithes they paid,
Although unconscionably laid.
"Happiness" by William Hutton
(Aloud with much ceremony)
Irresistible incentive
Bids me humbly kiss your hand;
I'm your servant most attentive—
Most attentive to command!
"The Sorcerer: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But whirlwinds rise: the vessel reel'd,
Heaven! the sweet parent is o'erthrown:
Her falling head she fails to shield,
Attentive to her child alone.
"The Swan" by William Hayley
I long for truth, and yet
I cannot stay from that
My better self disowns,
For a man's attention
Brings such satisfaction
To the craving in my bones.
"A First Confession" by William Butler Yeats
Twin sea shells, hung with pearls, your ears,
Whose slender rosiness appears
Part of the pearls; whose pallid fire
Binds the attention these inspire.
"Senorita" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

On March 6, 1812 the Pennsylvania legislature created Lehigh County, but what really had the legislators' attention that day was the news coming out of Washington, D.C.
The real attention-grabber was J.J.
Stop paying attention to ranking systems that rely on irrelevant statistics.
While it does not invite attention, it responds dramatically to the touch.
Blue Hens Basking In West Wing's Attention.
It officially begins the countdown to the "Week of Valor" but is also turning our attention to next year.
Perhaps this will get Kanye West's attention.
Asian Market customers love the personal attention they get from owner Teresita Nunag.
This year's general election is rightly receiving abundant attention.
Two gubernatorial contests in New Jersey and Virginia will receive a lot of attention.
So this story about a pod of 30 dolphins beached in Brazil being saved by beach goers caught my attention.
Although I'm generally bullish on the market, I still pay attention to the musings of short sellers and bearish prognosticators just to get another perspective on investing.
Sugar is now poised for its worst weekly performance since March as the drier weather eased concern about the crop and refocused attention on the prospects for a glut.
I'm one of those pitiful souls who pays more attention to national politics than can possibly be good for me.
This is one terrifying group of foul-smelling, vicious creatures, drawn in full color with careful attention to detail.

In science:

Although eleven-dimensional supergravity and the quantum supermembrane theory were originally discovered at around the same time as the five consistent superstring theories, much more attention was given to string theory in the decade from 1985-1995 than to the eleven-dimensional theory.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
There were several reasons for this lack of attention to 11D supergravity and membrane theory by (much of ) the high energy community.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Now let us turn our attention to the supermembrane.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Of course we do not need to restrict our attention to the flat case.
Higgs Bundles and Four Manifolds
Special attention is paid to singular bicomplex numbers that lack an inverse.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory