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distraction


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Distraction  \Dis*trac"tion\,  n.  [L.  distractio:  cf  F. 
  distraction.] 
  1.  The  act  of  distracting;  a  drawing  apart;  separation. 
 
  To  create  distractions  among  us  --Bp.  Burnet. 
 
  2.  That  which  diverts  attention;  a  diversion.  ``Domestic 
  distractions.''  --G.  Eliot. 
 
  3.  A  diversity  of  direction;  detachment.  [Obs.] 
 
  His  power  went  out  in  such  distractions  as  Beguiled 
  all  species.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  State  in  which  the  attention  is  called  in  different  ways; 
  confusion;  perplexity. 
 
  That  ye  may  attend  upon  the  Lord  without 
  distraction.  --1  Cor.  vii. 
  3?. 
 
  5.  Confusion  of  affairs;  tumult;  disorder;  as  political 
  distractions. 
 
  Never  was  known  a  night  of  such  distraction. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  6.  Agitation  from  violent  emotions;  perturbation  of  mind; 
  despair. 
 
  The  distraction  of  the  children,  who  saw  both  their 
  parents  together,  would  have  melted  the  hardest 
  heart.  --Tatler. 
 
  7.  Derangement  of  the  mind;  madness.  --Atterbury. 
 
  Syn:  Perplexity;  confusion;  disturbance;  disorder; 
  dissension;  tumult;  derangement;  madness;  raving; 
  franticness;  furiousness. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  distraction 
  n  1:  mental  turmoil;  "he  drives  me  to  distraction" 
  2:  an  obstacle  to  attention 
  3:  an  entertainment  that  provokes  pleased  interest  and 
  distracts  you  from  worries  and  vexations  [syn:  {beguilement}] 
  4:  the  act  of  distracting;  drawing  someone's  attention  away 
  from  something 




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