- the act, power, or property of attracting.
- attractive quality; magnetic charm; fascination; allurement; enticement: the subtle attraction of her strange personality.
- a person or thing that draws, attracts, allures, or entices: The main attraction was the after-dinner speaker.
- a characteristic or quality that provides pleasure; attractive feature: The chief attractions of the evening were the good drinks and witty conversation.
- Physics. the electric or magnetic force that acts between oppositely charged bodies, tending to draw them together.
- an entertainment offered to the public.
Origin of attraction
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Examples from the Web for attraction
Fees can range from £5,000 to £20,000, the attraction being the relatability she holds with her subscribers.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling
December 11, 2014
Was part of the attraction to the project shining a light in this bizarre blight on America?The Resurrection of Kristen Stewart
October 11, 2014
For those who want the most out of the attraction, they can be branded with a bloody X on their foreheads.New York’s Scariest Night Out: The Ghosts, Rats, and Lunatics of ‘Nightmare New York’
October 4, 2014
When Nathan and Anna met in 1894, the attraction was instant and mutual.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
Although extremely private, the couple has been particularly candid about their attraction and devotion to each other.Victoria and David Beckham Celebrate Their 15th Wedding Anniversary
July 3, 2014
You will be the only attraction at this performance, and I have only you to count on for the receipts.My Double Life
A ton on some other planet, where the attraction of gravity is less, does not weigh half a ton.
The weight of a load depends upon the attraction of the earth.
The place has no attraction for me without you, and it was yours first.Wilfrid Cumbermede
The earth-house had no longer any attraction for Steenie: the bonny man was not there; he was risen!Heather and Snow
- the act, power, or quality of attracting
- a person or thing that attracts or is intended to attract
- a force by which one object attracts another, such as the gravitational or electrostatic force
- a change in the form of one linguistic element caused by the proximity of another element
Word Origin and History for attraction
late 14c., from French attraction, from Latin attractionem (nominative attractio) "a drawing together," noun of action from past participle stem of attrahere (see attract). Originally a medical word, "absorption by the body;" meaning "action of drawing to" is from 1540s (again medical); extended to magnetic, then figuratively to personal (c.1600) qualities. Meaning "a thing which draws a crowd, interesting or amusing exhibition" is from 1829, a sense that developed in English and soon transferred to the French equivalent of the word.
- A force acting mutually between particles of matter to draw them together and to resist their separation.