- the act of distracting.
- the state of being distracted.
- 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.
Origin of distraction
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Examples from the Web for distraction
Day by day, it drives people to distraction by diverting energy to mindless legal compliance.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
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
September 3, 2014
Several NFL players, front office staff, and commentators have said that Sam could be a distraction to his team.UMass’ Derrick Gordon Makes History as the First Openly Gay Player in DI Men’s College Basketball
April 10, 2014
The show has been accused of peddling the kind of tawdry sentiment that has driven the inhabitants of Detroit to distraction.The Art of Urban Destruction
March 6, 2014
But it was a distraction from what should have been the main attraction — the athletes and the events.The Good, the Bad, and the Pink Eye
February 23, 2014
But one of them, the distraction of seeing the world, is innocent and beneficial.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
The house was quite in a state of distraction for some days.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
An elderly spinster; boarders are her distraction as well as a source of income.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Do you object to such a piece of distraction remaining where she is?'Little Dorrit
I entreated him to reflect before he drove me to distraction.Beaux and Belles of England
- 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
Word Origin and History for distraction
mid-15c., "the drawing away of the mind," from Latin distractionem (nominative distractio) "a pulling apart, separating," noun of action from past participle stem of distrahere (see distract). Meaning "mental disturbance" (in driven to distraction, etc.) is c.1600. Meaning "a thing or fact that distracts" is from 1610s.
- A condition or state of mind in which the attention is diverted from an original focus or interest.
- Separation of bony fragments or joint surfaces of a limb by extension.