attraction


attraction
The tendency of two bodies to approach each other. [L. at-traho, pp. -tractus, to draw toward]
- capillary a. the force that causes fluids to rise up very fine tubes or pass through the pores of a loose material.
- chemical a. the force impelling atoms of different elements or molecules to unite to form new substances or compounds.
- magnetic a. the force that draws iron or steel toward a magnet.
- neurotropic a. the pull of a regenerating axon toward the motor end-plate.

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at·trac·tion ə-'trak-shən n a force acting mutually between particles of matter, tending to draw them together, and resisting their separation
at·tract ə-'trakt vt

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at·trac·tion (ə-trakґshən) [L. attractus past part. of attrahere to draw together] 1. the process of drawing one body toward another. 2. a condition in which the teeth or other maxillary and mandibular structures are higher than normal position, thereby causing shortening of the face. Cf. abstraction (def. 2).

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  • attraction — [ atraksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1638; atration 1265; lat. attractio, de attrahere « tirer à soi » I ♦ Action d attirer; force qui attire. 1 ♦ (1688) Sc. Force qui attire les corps matériels entre eux. ⇒ gravitation. Loi de l attraction universelle (loi de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Attraction — At*trac tion, n. [L. attractio: cf. F. attraction.] 1. (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attraction — attraction, affinity, sympathy are comparable when they denote the relationship between persons or things that are involuntarily or naturally drawn together and exert, to some degree, an influence over each other. Attraction implies the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • attraction — Attraction. s. f. v. Action de ce qui attire. L attraction du fer par l aimant. quelle est la cause de cette attraction? cet onguent a fait une grande attraction …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • attraction — UK US /əˈtrækʃən/ noun [C] ► something that people come to see because they are interested in it: »The historic centre is one of the major visitor attractions of the city. → See also TOURIST ATTRACTION(Cf. ↑tourist attraction) …   Financial and business terms

  • attraction — ATTRACTION. s. f. Action d attirer, ou état de ce qui est attiré. L attraction du fer par l aimant. L attraction Neutonienne …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • attraction — late 14c., from Fr. attraction, from L. attractionem (nom. attractio) a drawing together, noun of action from pp. stem of attrahere (see ATTRACT (Cf. attract)). Originally a medical word, absorption by the body; meaning action of drawing to is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Attraction — (v. lat.), 1) A. u. Attractionskraft (Phys.), Anziehung u. Anziehungskraft, s.d. Daher Attractionisten, Anhänger der Newtonschen Meinung, daß die Himmelskörper durch eine gegenseitige Anziehung getrieben werden; im Gegensatz derer, welche… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Attraction — Attraction, Anziehung, findet man in jeder Erscheinung der Körperwelt, wo Körper mit einer gewissen Kraft an einander gehalten werden. So spricht man auch von einer Anziehung der Himmelskörper unter einander, vermöge deren sie stets in gehörigen… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • attraction — index affinity (regard), chain (nexus), decoy, desire, favor (partiality), incentive …   Law dictionary

  • attraction — [n] ability to draw attention; something that draws attention allure, allurement, appeal, attractiveness, bait, captivation, charm, chemistry, come on*, courting, draw, drawing power, enchantment, endearment, enthrallment, enticement, fascination …   New thesaurus


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