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

  • noun One that attracts.
  • noun Mathematics A value or set of values toward which variables in a dynamical system tend to evolve.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See attracter.

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

  • noun One who, or that which, attracts.

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

  • noun mathematics, physics A set of points or states to which a dynamical system evolves after a long enough time. That is, points that get close enough to the attractor remain close even if slightly disturbed.

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

  • noun an entertainer who attracts large audiences
  • noun (physics) a point in the ideal multidimensional phase space that is used to describe a system toward which the system tends to evolve regardless of the starting conditions of the system
  • noun a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts

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