Attraction



the act, power, or property of .
quality; magnetic charm; fascination; allurement; enticement:
the subtle attraction of her strange personality.
a person or thing that draws, , allures, or entices:
The main attraction was the after-dinner speaker.
a characteristic or quality that provides pleasure; 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.
Contemporary Examples

The final demographic coup for the Sunbelt lies in its attraction for families.
Forget What the Pundits Tell You, Coastal Cities are Old News – it’s the Sunbelt that’s Booming Joel Kotkin February 28, 2014

While Larry, on the other hand, was not especially attracted to Andie, he was fully supportive of Rachel exploring her attraction.
Threesome Marriages Abby Ellin May 6, 2009

I ask them if they are trying to sell this as an attraction.
True Life: I’m a Part-Time Ghost Hunter Christine Pelisek September 14, 2013

There was always some attraction to death, his designs were sometimes dehumanized.
Alexander McQueen’s Demons Jacob Bernstein February 15, 2010

Clearly the attraction was the nine-year-old girl in her one-piece.
A Nation of Onlookers: India’s Violence Against Women and America’s Guns Dilip D’Souza December 21, 2012

Historical Examples

Let us go straight to the attraction, and not be acting contrary to the laws of nature.
The Funny Philosophers George Yellott

You will be the only attraction at this performance, and I have only you to count on for the receipts.
My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt

Now, after a few days’ absence, he found a flourishing village, and one by no means devoid of interest and attraction.
Red Hunters And the Animal People Charles A. Eastman

The weight of a load depends upon the attraction of the earth.
Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond

By making two small sewing-needle magnets, you can easily study the laws of attraction and repulsion.
Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John

noun
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
n.

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.

attraction at·trac·tion (ə-trāk’shən)
n.
A force acting mutually between particles of matter to draw them together and to resist their separation.

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