attraction
noun Date: 14th century 1. a. the act, process, or power of attracting b. personal charm 2. the action or power of drawing forth a response ; an attractive quality 3. a force acting mutually between particles of matter, tending to draw them together, and resisting their separation 4. something that attracts or is intended to attract people by appealing to their desires and tastes <
coming attractions
>
Synonyms: attraction, affinity, sympathy mean the relationship existing between things or persons that are naturally or involuntarily drawn together. attraction implies the possession by one thing of a quality that pulls another to it <
felt an attraction to danger
>
. affinity implies a susceptibility or predisposition on the part of the one drawn <
an affinity for mathematics
>
. sympathy implies a reciprocal or natural relation between two things that are both susceptible to the same influence <
two minds in sympathy
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • attraction — [ atraksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1638; atration 1265; lat. attractio, de attrahere « tirer à soi » I ♦ Action d attirer; force qui attire. 1 ♦ (1688) Sc. Force qui attire les corps matériels entre eux. ⇒ gravitation. Loi de l attraction universelle (loi de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Attraction — At*trac tion, n. [L. attractio: cf. F. attraction.] 1. (Physics) An invisible power in a body by which it draws anything to itself; the power in nature acting mutually between bodies or ultimate particles, tending to draw them together, or to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attraction — attraction, affinity, sympathy are comparable when they denote the relationship between persons or things that are involuntarily or naturally drawn together and exert, to some degree, an influence over each other. Attraction implies the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • attraction — Attraction. s. f. v. Action de ce qui attire. L attraction du fer par l aimant. quelle est la cause de cette attraction? cet onguent a fait une grande attraction …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • attraction — UK US /əˈtrækʃən/ noun [C] ► something that people come to see because they are interested in it: »The historic centre is one of the major visitor attractions of the city. → See also TOURIST ATTRACTION(Cf. ↑tourist attraction) …   Financial and business terms

  • attraction — ATTRACTION. s. f. Action d attirer, ou état de ce qui est attiré. L attraction du fer par l aimant. L attraction Neutonienne …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • attraction — late 14c., from Fr. attraction, from L. attractionem (nom. attractio) a drawing together, noun of action from pp. stem of attrahere (see ATTRACT (Cf. attract)). Originally a medical word, absorption by the body; meaning action of drawing to is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Attraction — (v. lat.), 1) A. u. Attractionskraft (Phys.), Anziehung u. Anziehungskraft, s.d. Daher Attractionisten, Anhänger der Newtonschen Meinung, daß die Himmelskörper durch eine gegenseitige Anziehung getrieben werden; im Gegensatz derer, welche… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Attraction — Attraction, Anziehung, findet man in jeder Erscheinung der Körperwelt, wo Körper mit einer gewissen Kraft an einander gehalten werden. So spricht man auch von einer Anziehung der Himmelskörper unter einander, vermöge deren sie stets in gehörigen… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • attraction — index affinity (regard), chain (nexus), decoy, desire, favor (partiality), incentive …   Law dictionary

  • attraction — [n] ability to draw attention; something that draws attention allure, allurement, appeal, attractiveness, bait, captivation, charm, chemistry, come on*, courting, draw, drawing power, enchantment, endearment, enthrallment, enticement, fascination …   New thesaurus

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