Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or capability of attracting.
  • noun The quality of attracting; charm.
  • noun A feature or characteristic that attracts.
  • noun A person, place, thing, or event that is intended to attract.
  • noun The electric or magnetic force exerted by oppositely charged particles, tending to draw or hold the particles together.
  • noun The gravitational force exerted by one body on another.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act, power, or property of attracting.
  • noun That which attracts feeling or desire; a charm; an allurement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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 produce their cohesion or combination, and conversely resisting separation.
  • noun The act or property of attracting; the effect of the power or operation of attraction.
  • noun The power or act of alluring, drawing to, inviting, or engaging; an attractive quality.
  • noun That which attracts; an attractive object or feature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The tendency to attract
  • noun The feeling of being attracted
  • noun An event or location that has a tendency to attract visitors

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an entertainment that is offered to the public
  • noun the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts
  • noun a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts
  • noun the force by which one object attracts another
  • noun an entertainer who attracts large audiences

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old French attraction, from Latin attractio from past participle of attrahō (= ad + trahō)

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