attraction

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈtɹækʃən/, [əˈtɹækʃ(ɪ̈)n], [əˈt͡ʃɹækʃ(ɪ̈)n]
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  • Rhymes: -ækʃən

Noun[edit]

attraction (usually uncountable, plural attractions)

  1. The tendency to attract.
    The Moon is held in its orbit by the attraction of the Earth's gravity.
  2. The feeling of being attracted.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.
    I felt a strange attraction towards the place.
  3. An event or location that has a tendency to attract visitors.
    The new mall should be a major attraction.
  4. (chess) The sacrifice of pieces in order to expose the enemy king.

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