• WordNet 3.6
    • v lure provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion "He lured me into temptation"
    • n lure something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
    • n lure qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward
    • n lure anything that serves as an enticement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lure A contrivance somewhat resembling a bird, and often baited with raw meat; -- used by falconers in recalling hawks.
    • Lure (Hat Making) A velvet smoothing brush.
    • Lure Any enticement; that which invites by the prospect of advantage or pleasure; a decoy.
    • v. t Lure To draw to the lure; hence, to allure or invite by means of anything that promises pleasure or advantage; to entice; to attract. "I am not lured with love.""And various science lures the learned eye."
    • v. i Lure To recall a hawk or other animal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lure In falconry, a decoy used to recall the hawk to its perch on the fist. An artificial lure is composed of wings or feathers so arranged as to resemble a bird, secured to a long thong. Some kind of food is sometimes attached to the lure, and the hawk is strongly attracted by it when it is tossed or swung in the air by the falconer with a peculiar whistle or call.
    • n lure In heraldry, the representation of a lure with a line or leash at the end of which is a hawk's bell.
    • n lure In angling, an artificial as distinguished from a natural bait; something to attract a fish which the fish cannot eat. Thus, an artificial fly or minnow, a spoon, red rag, etc., are lures, while a fly, worm, frog, etc., are baits.
    • n lure Any means of enticement; anything that attracts by the prospect of pleasure or profit.
    • n lure An enticing action or display; allurement; enticement; temptation.
    • lure To call; utter a peculiar call or cry, as in attracting an animal.
    • lure To attract as by a falconer's lure and call; decoy; entice by the display of something.
    • lure To allure; entice; invite by anything that promises pleasure or profit.
    • lure Synonyms Entice, Decoy, etc. See allure.
    • n lure An ancient form of trumpet still in use in Scandinavia, having a curved tube several feet long, used for calling cattle, and by traveling parties as a signal.
    • n lure Same as lore.
    • n lure A Middle English form of leer.
    • n lure In hat-manuf., same as looer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lure lūr any enticement: bait: decoy:
    • v.t Lure to entice: decoy
    • n Lure lūr a trumpet with long curved tube, used for calling cattle, &c.
    • n Lure lūr (Shak.) a stuffed bird used in falconry for training the hawk
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  • John A. Lincoln
    John A. Lincoln
    “A cul-de-sac to which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.”
  • Barnett Cock
    Barnett Cock
    “A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.”
  • Ben Hecht
    Ben Hecht
    “Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.”
  • John Burroughs
    “The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. loire, loirre, loerre, F. leurre, lure, decoy; of German origin; cf. MHG. luoder, G. luder, lure, carrion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. loerre (Fr. leurre)—Mid. High Ger. luoder (Ger. luder), bait.


In literature:

Do you think I'd lure you to Chicago and then leave you?
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
In fact, when Mrs. Parry captured him and lured him into her parlor, she was exceedingly disappointed with his appearance.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
We have drifted into the subject of LURES almost unconsciously.
"Scotch Loch-Fishing" by AKA Black Palmer, William Senior
Innocent women are lured by advertisements for operators.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
A toom hand is nae lure for a hawk.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
The scene was beautiful, and there was nothing to lure her home.
"Vixen, Volume III." by M. E. Braddon
To have made a lure of her tender concern for the unfortunate!
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
LISTENER'S LURE: An Oblique Narration.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
And she does not come, as the other did, To lure the names from you by trickery.
"Turandot, Princess of China" by Karl Gustav Vollmöller
As there was a branch of his company in Minneapolis, she lured him that far away.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis

In poetry:

Why then, remembering those shy
Sweet lures, repine
When the dear love she yielded with a sigh
Was all but thine?
"Tutto è Sciolto" by James Joyce
There is the smile of woman's love,
That potent, siren spell,
Which uplifts men to heaven above,
Or lures them down to hell!
"Smiles." by Alfred Castner King
There's hope for one who leaves with shame,
The guilt that lured before;
Remember, He who said, "Repent,"
Said also, "Sin no more."
"The Pilgrim" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
False brethren were his perils there,
And perils by his countrymen,
And perils by the sirens fair
That lured him to the robber's den.
"Hymns For Dedication VIII" by John Pierpont
The pharos flashes on their flight;
They do not heed its beckoning beam;
The great North, stretching weird and white,
Lures like a dream;
"Wild Geese" by Clinton Scollard
A poor, storm-beaten, lonely waif,
Lured southward from a colder clime
By hope and that unfailing faith
That health will come again in time!
"The Waif" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

The Idaho Falls Arts Council would like to catch whoever took a bench shaped like a fishing lure that was part of a public art project along the Snake River.
The missing piece is called "Al-Lure".
(Sonny) Werblin, the sports and entertainment impresario who upstaged his entire stunning career by luring Joe Namath to the struggling New York Jets in 1965, died Thursday at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.
Last week we caught them on bait, this week we caught them on lures.
Bill would lure high-performing teachers to 'high-need' schools.
Instead, municipal officials went to work and created two tax- increment financing (TIF) districts, which lured the companies into staying put and expanding their operations at their current locations.
Great packaging may lure a customer to try something new.
Mongol Rally, Day 24: Lure of the open road.
The latest from Tony Hu, in the former Lure Izakaya space.
"It looked really healthy," Giamei said, adding he caught it on a jig and pig lure.
It was clear from listening to Lee and his wife, Kristen, that it wasn't just the Phillies - the organization, the teammates, the chance to win - that lured them back.
Lido 's lure unchanged by regime switch.
The bottle of sweet-smoked Spanish paprika lures shoppers with its blood-red color, but it's the heady scent of wood smoke that seals the deal.
But Davis managed to lure his dad up by using the grandkids as bait.
On the Riptide 's Web site flashes the phrase "AT THE EDGE OF THE WESTERN WORLD," which is why we're lured to Ocean Beach and why we love the place.

In science:

Deering, The Lure of Modern Science: Fractal Thinking, Studies of Nonlinear Phenomena in Life Science, Vol. 3, World Scientific, New Jersey (1995). B.J.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
This suppression of N (E ) may lure one into the (incorrect) conclusion that, at T = 0, the Coulomb interactions turn the clean system into an electrical insulator.
Renormalization group approach to 2D Coulomb interacting Dirac fermions with random gauge potential
Such role models will continue to lure the best and brightest candidates.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
First, the probab i l i ty of fa i lure g iven that ak has reached d before the m th ca l l is zero.
The Hidden Subgroup Problem
Schmid and Weiss [SW04] study ABG under hybrid filure model of node and communication failures.
A New Look at Composition of Authenticated Byzantine Generals