mental distress or derangement: That child will drive me to distraction.
that which distracts, divides the attention, or prevents concentration: The distractions of the city interfere with my studies.
that which amuses, entertains, or diverts; amusement; entertainment: Fishing is his major distraction.
division or disorder caused by dissension; tumult.
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How to use distraction in a sentence
Turns out, spending a couple of nights surrounding a campfire is exactly the distraction we need right now.
When I’m thinking, brainstorming, and writing, I turn the Wi-Fi off to limit the distraction and force me to focus.17 extremely useful productivity tips from this year’s 40 Under 40 | Maria Aspan | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
“Presumably, you don’t have internet, you’re not online, you’re not watching TV,” she says, adding that without those distractions, you may find yourself itching to put together a real meal.
Also, you may realize we did not put out a Rocket Report last week—this is because the threat of Hurricane Laura provided an unexpected but significant distraction to the author.Rocket Report: Musk updates Super Heavy plan, China to launch spaceplane? | Eric Berger | September 4, 2020 | Ars Technica
Cities like the one she lives in are full of distractions, so she likes to stand between two parked cars and do command training to get the dog she’s with to focus on her and ignore whatever’s whizzing by.
Day by day, it drives people to distraction by diverting energy to mindless legal compliance.
There was a handy distraction in the Che t-shirt the tourist was wearing while celebrating the death.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The New York Daily News declared that “Russian strongman Vladimir Putin has unleashed a weapon of mass distraction.”
All of it feels like a twisted dream—a potential distraction from the depressing post-Manson environment of SoCal.There Will Be Spliffs: ‘Inherent Vice’ Is a Bizarro Stoner Noir | Alex Suskind | October 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Still others see the presence of guns on campus as a distraction at best, and at worst, a danger.The Concealed Carry on Campus Movement Shoots Itself in the Foot | Brandy Zadrozny | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were still a little perturbed by the brilliance and distraction, and it was as an alien that she moved among them still.The Creators | May Sinclair
He tried to console her, to amuse her, but what distraction could be found to appeal to that monstrously apathetic nature?The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
But he saw at once that he must not let her see any such feeling; the least hint of it would have driven her to distraction.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
Among them was her aunt, pointing with distraction to the fiery edifice, and apparently urging the dragoon to enter it.The Spy | J. Fenimore Cooper
Caroline affects a sort of distraction sufficiently well played to induce the belief that she is not listening.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete | Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for distraction
the act or an instance of distracting or the state of being distracted
something that serves as a diversion or entertainment
an interruption; an obstacle to concentration
mental turmoil or madness
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