from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of distracting or the condition of being distracted.
- n. Something, especially an amusement, that distracts.
- n. Extreme mental or emotional disturbance; obsession: loved the puppy to distraction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something that distracts.
- n. The process of being distracted.
- n. Perturbation; disorder; disturbance; confusion.
- n. Mental disorder; a deranged state of mind; insanity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation.
- n. That which diverts attention; a diversion.
- n. A diversity of direction; detachment.
- n. State in which the attention is called in different ways; confusion; perplexity.
- n. Confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder.
- n. Agitation from violent emotions; perturbation of mind; despair.
- n. Derangement of the mind; madness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of drawing or the state of being drawn apart; separation.
- n. A drawing away of the mind from one point or course to another or others; diversion of thought or feeling into a different channel or toward different objects.
- n. A drawing of the mind in different directions; mental confusion arising from diverse or opposing considerations; perplexity; bewilderment: as, the distraction caused by a multitude of questions or of cares.
- n. Confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder: as, political distractions.
- n. Violent mental excitement, or extreme agony of mind, simulating madness in its tendencies or outward exhibition; despairing perturbation: as, this toothache drives me to distraction.
- n. A state of disordered reason; frenzy; insanity; madness.
- n. A cause of diversion or of bewilderment, as of the attention or the mind; something that distracts, in any sense: as, the distractions of gayety or of business; labor is often a distraction from gloomy thoughts.
- n. In Greek grammar, the dialectic or poetical use of two similar vowels identical in pronunciation, or differing only in quantity, for a single long vowel in the ordinary Greek form: as,
φόωςfor φῶς, ὁρόωfor ὁρῶ, κράατοςfor κρᾶτος, κληηδώνfor κληδών
- n. In French-Canadian law, the divesting of the right to costs from the client or other person presumptively or ordinarily entitled, and the declaration of it to belong to the attorney, guardian, or other person equitably entitled.—
- n. A confusing division or course; a misleading separation or detachment of parts.
- n. Synonyms Derangement, aberration of mind, delirium, mania.
- n. In surgery, the act of pulling upon the segments of a limb so as to cause a separation of the opposing joint-surfaces.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mental turmoil
- n. an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
- n. the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something
- n. an obstacle to attention
And right before that announcement finished, the police launched not just tear gas, but also what they call distraction devices, things that are designed to make a lot of noise.
BROWN: So Barack Obama is again hoping to get what he calls the distraction of Jeremiah Wright behind him.
The key to keeping my opponent off his game is to control the game with what I call a distraction point.
Grady predicts the movement will look much different in a few years as it refocuses on evangelism and overcoming what he calls the distraction of "materialism, flashy self-promotion, and foolish carnality."
Grady predicts the movement will look much different in a few years as it refocuses on evangelism and overcoming what he calls the distraction of:
Regarding TNA, Cruise says he's not a fan of the six-sided ring, which he calls a distraction, and he's not a fan of TNA's wrestling content within the two-hour window on Thursday nights.
Only some people believe that a guy who called criticism "distraction" is a good guy.
I think distraction is the way the brain signals it needs to relax.
Nine works the opposite way with Marshall trying to use his visual flair as a distraction from the terrible music.
"Worrying about how much revenue the government can keep from liquor sales is a distraction from the larger cost savings of privatization," Allen said.