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attraction

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a tourist attraction (=an interesting place for tourists to see or an enjoyable activity for them to do)
▪ Yellowstone National Park is a major tourist attraction.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
added
▪ He finds Miriam appealing and she holds for him the added attraction of being married and committed herself.
▪ But it gave an added attraction to the plenary session anyway.
▪ Avoid situations where you are merely an added attraction or gimmick!
▪ The event is suitable for all the family and added attractions will include craft, food and collector's fairs.
▪ Sunday trading is an added attraction.
big
▪ They say the canal is a big tourist attraction, and has been neglected for too long.
▪ So, forget for the moment the big tourist attraction: explore your local area.
▪ The biggest attraction, the Manchester Mites, came to Blackpool to work the season with them.
▪ A big attraction of the West Country for many second home owners is the opportunity it offers for waterside living.
▪ The big attraction is lower or, at least, less rapidly-escalating electricity bills.
▪ The traffic-free routes in the Forest of Dean are already a big attraction for cyclists.
▪ But for many, the biggest attraction is the colour and beauty and like all good gardens, the peace and quiet.
cultural
▪ The city cleverly combines cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, theatres and opera houses - with a very strong fun-loving steak.
▪ The following morning there will be an opportunity to tour some of the local cultural attractions in informal groups.
fatal
▪ The object of her fatal attraction is Patrick McGaw, a clean-cut premed student with athletic potential.
gravitational
▪ Weight is the gravitational force of attraction exerted on a body.
▪ This hypothesis holds that giant tongues of material were torn from the preexisting Sun by the gravitational attraction ofa passing star.
▪ Their gravitational attraction would thus curve up the universe to infinitely small size.
▪ By collision and gravitational attraction, the larger planetesimals swept up the smaller pieces and became the planets.
▪ Stars are initially formed from gas, mostly hydrogen, and contract under their own gravitational attraction.
▪ Both Earth and Moon have gravitational fields that allow bodies that would have missed them without their gravitational attraction to hit them.
▪ Earlier experiments had compared the Earth's gravitational attraction with the centrifugal force from its own rotation.
▪ The hard core of Newtonian physics is comprised of Newton's laws of motion plus his law of gravitational attraction.
great
▪ The increased number of freemen need not, however, be explained by the greater attractions of town life.
▪ The Los Angeles River was the greatest attraction.
▪ But the great tourist attraction of Dornie remains.
▪ The greater attraction, however, was the river.
▪ Before motoring became firmly established, the brigade was not only the district's guardian but also one of its greatest attractions.
▪ Of liberal disposition, he opened Thirlestane House to the public and it became one of the greatest attractions of Cheltenham.
▪ Tioman's greatest attraction is the almost total lack of anything to do.
▪ Here you would have seen a great attraction and opportunities to do well in expanding industries.
local
▪ For local attractions please see the entry on Millers.
▪ It includes searchable Olympic housing ads and event schedules, restaurant reviews, local attraction listings and a variety of news summaries.
▪ The following morning there will be an opportunity to tour some of the local cultural attractions in informal groups.
▪ The Conference Centre and all local attractions and amenities are within a short walk.
main
▪ It is also the island's main tourist attraction.
▪ Country &038; western band Borrowed Money and party favors are the main attractions.
▪ Shutlingsloe is just one of the numerous miniature mountain gems in Britain where quality, not quantity is the main attraction.
▪ Undoubtedly, the story itself is one of the main attractions.
▪ One of the main attractions of the scheme is its simplicity.
▪ Southsea was the main attraction but Latimer Road contributed to drawing away the London skaters.
▪ Its main attractions are the optimal utilisation of permanent grassland and the control of internal parasitism without resort to therapy.
▪ All of London's main tourist attractions and shops, theatres, cinemas, etc., are within easy reach.
major
▪ Cadbury World is a major attraction set in Cadbury's famous garden factory in Birmingham's Bournville.
▪ Events are strategically placed along its 5-mile length, with major attractions at either end and smaller events along its path.
▪ The presence of acclaimed international artists has helped make both events major tourist attractions.
▪ Another major attraction to breakfast at Top of Five is the quiet and serenity of the room.
▪ At major attraction of Ufford Park is its proximity to other courses.
▪ And about the same time a mystery blaze broke out at Madame Tussaud's, another of the capitals major tourist attractions.
mutual
▪ Salts can be described as a collection of ions held together by their mutual electrostatic attraction.
▪ Phillip becomes aware of the mutual attraction of those two when he observes them together at a bazaar.
▪ He first took into account the fact that a sun as well as a planet moves under the influence of their mutual attraction.
▪ He speedily diagnosed a mutual attraction and the pair are now happily together.
▪ I had seen them together, arm-in-arm, taking their mutual attraction for a walk.
▪ If m is sufficiently small we can ignore the mutual attraction of the two masses.
natural
▪ Here you are surrounded by the natural attractions of the region and have your own fully-equipped home from home.
▪ If one wished to see it, the natural attraction of the tropics was al-ways there.
▪ The city has been content historically to stand on its natural attractions to draw business.
new
▪ Work continued throughout the year to develop new visitor attractions and enhance the tourism appeal of the city.
▪ But there would be no more, and every season needed a new attraction.
▪ Bee World - a new attraction - opens next to Stogumber Station in 1992.
▪ It is the newest tourist attraction at the Kennedy Space Center.
obvious
▪ The tripartite definition has obvious attractions.
▪ The obvious attraction is job security, since the world of intelligence never suffers from lay-offs.
▪ This simple physical concept of addictive disease and recovery has an obvious superficial attraction but may be far from the full picture.
▪ The Wife's Legs Cafe served a moderate spread at an affordable price and had an obvious attraction to recommend it.
other
▪ In the end, seventeen different forms of motive power were on display along with a wide range of other railway related attractions.
▪ But dude ranching - staying on a working ranch - has other attractions too.
▪ Both these and the other attractions can be easily reached from our bases in Kissimmee and Orlando.
▪ In other places the attraction is weaker.
▪ The admission price includes rides on the steam trains and the other attractions.
▪ It could be linked with other tourist attractions in the city by running steam trains along an existing track through the docks.
▪ Children will enjoy Lightwater Valley which has, amongst other attractions, a miniature railway grand-prix track and fun rides.
▪ The Children's Weekend offers sideshows, stalls and other attractions, as well as rides on the railway.
physical
▪ In all cases the explanation is that there is some sort of physical attraction between the centromeres of similar ancestry.
▪ It was more than just a physical attraction, he'd known that immediately, the first time he saw her.
▪ But physical attraction could jump that gap like an electric spark and did so effortlessly.
▪ It take s lot more than just physical attraction to make a lasting, happy marriage.
▪ It is not a physical attraction but a psychological affinity.
▪ She had been fighting this insidious physical attraction, trying to deny its existence ever since they'd met.
▪ Strangely, she wasn't so upset by the revival of a strong physical attraction.
▪ An elegant carriage and a vivacious manner must have added to her physical attractions.
popular
▪ St Michael's Mount, left, is a popular tourist attraction.
▪ That our lovely, blue planet is not a popular tourist attraction for extraterrestrials.
▪ Opened in May 1975, the Museum is rightly a popular attraction on the Island.
▪ They are a popular attraction for tourists and Ottawans alike.
▪ In summer the arts festival at Buxton is a popular attraction.
▪ Foxton still remains a popular attraction, though obviously chiefly on account of the Locks.
▪ Stacking the stooks proved a popular attraction for visitors to the farm, although for some the whole process seemed rather baffling.
▪ This popular attraction for tourists is laid out with over 20,000 plants.
powerful
▪ The powerful attraction they both fought against.
▪ And why does it continue to have such a powerful attraction for so many people?
▪ The first course has powerful attractions.
▪ That was one of the most powerful attractions of appearing on television in the first place.
▪ It's just a powerful attraction and I can fight it.
▪ That is one of your most powerful attractions, your unselfconsciousness.
▪ Another aspect of these aims was the powerful attraction of establishing international companies for their own sake.
▪ The flexibility of a structure which allows movement between degrees, and even between faculties, is a powerful attraction.
special
▪ Next weekend holds a special attraction for youngsters who are members of the railway's own Stepney Club.
▪ Whether there is a special attraction or not a visit to the Bluebell is a memorable occasion.
▪ Timber which has already been affected by fungus or decay offers a special attraction.
▪ A special attraction is the tropical greenhouse, with its forest of Kentia palms.
▪ A special attraction is the swimming pool, with sliding windows opening on to a large lawn.
▪ Downward channels are rather more diverse, each having its own special attractions.
star
▪ But the star attraction proved a flop with the bat - he was out first ball.
▪ He's one of the star attractions of Samana.
▪ But for others the food is the star attraction.
▪ Secondly, you want the image to be the star attraction.
▪ The race is set to be one of the star attractions in the second of the trial Sunday meetings on November 15.
strong
▪ But he held a strong attraction for the the Duchess - and by now she was totally out of the Palace's control.
▪ The strongest attraction, however, is the potential for billions of dollars in new business.
▪ In some places there are very strong attractions.
▪ Strangely, she wasn't so upset by the revival of a strong physical attraction.
top
▪ In the inaugural games last year, the girls' soccer was one of the top attractions with spectators.
▪ The Ronnie-and-Maggie show was a top attraction of the 1980s.
▪ INFRA-RED remote control receivers are to be installed at some of Darlington's top attractions in a bid to encourage disabled users.
tourist
▪ That our lovely, blue planet is not a popular tourist attraction for extraterrestrials.
▪ The various businesses, social institutions and tourist attractions will be accessible via the network.
▪ The presence of acclaimed international artists has helped make both events major tourist attractions.
▪ We can no longer be the exclusive tourist attraction.
▪ One columnist suggested that the government capitalize on the vendors' street stalls by turning them into tourist attractions.
▪ Starting from the Scenic Tunnel, long a tourist attraction, the pair headed for the opening that had previously been blasted.
▪ Why ask the taxpayers of Halifax or Saint John to subsidize a tourist attraction a thousand miles away?
■ NOUN
visitor
▪ Work continued throughout the year to develop new visitor attractions and enhance the tourism appeal of the city.
▪ Last month, the ferries won Merseyside Tourist Board's best visitor attraction of the year.
■ VERB
add
▪ A rather grand certificate marking the successful completion of all the tasks also adds to the attraction.
▪ The addition of a bar will increase profits and add to the attraction.
▪ The soft blur of outline adds to this attraction.
▪ The Bluebell Railway often hold special events to add to the attraction of the visit.
▪ An elegant carriage and a vivacious manner must have added to her physical attractions.
become
▪ This was well before it became a tourist attraction, when it was still a fruit and veg market.
▪ At bars that cater to black gays along the East Coast, the contest has become a regular attraction.
▪ The organisers hope the event will become an annual attraction.
▪ The following year, the local middle classes organised the new Bonfire Societies and controlled popular effervescence became a tourist attraction.
▪ Nothing barring a major disaster can prevent her from becoming a main attraction - Barbara Dennerlein is a star in the ascendant.
▪ The magnificent hall itself and its gardens became a tourist attraction.
▪ It has become such an attraction that local tour operators are beating a path to its door.
▪ I have often wondered since then why they had never become a tourist attraction.
feel
▪ She didn't want to feel this attraction, and didn't want to know that he felt it too.
▪ He felt the attraction of the literary life of the metropolis.
▪ This morning he had felt her attraction and just now, as they danced, he had been convinced it was mutual.
▪ I no longer feel any tenderness or attraction towards my husband and can only think of this other man.
▪ Masha nodded, saying that for the first time since Geneva she could feel the attraction of Communism.
hold
▪ But he held a strong attraction for the the Duchess - and by now she was totally out of the Palace's control.
▪ Neither the Exchange nor the House of Morrissey holds an attraction for me, Waldo.
▪ The compensation of greater freedom may hold fewer attractions when energy is diminished.
▪ But his is a distinctly Lancastrian vision and it holds little attraction for London critics.
▪ Next weekend holds a special attraction for youngsters who are members of the railway's own Stepney Club.
▪ Ben Loyal dominates the Kyle of Tongue and holds a magnetic attraction for many hillwalkers.
▪ After presenting a set of newly engraved sonatas to the elector, he saw that Munich held no further attractions for him.
▪ Covering derelict land with trees, replacing long-cleared woods and forests, holds a great attraction.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "The Viper" is one of the theme park's most popular attractions.
▪ A lot of young people take drugs. Personally, I can't see the attraction.
▪ For many mothers, one of the attractions of childcare in the workplace is the chance to be near their children.
▪ magnetic attraction
▪ The Galapagos Islands are one of Ecuador's main tourist attractions.
▪ The hills of Provence have a magical attraction for many.
▪ There was definitely a physical attraction between us.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ As a research project there is a dual attraction.
▪ Both these and the other attractions can be easily reached from our bases in Kissimmee and Orlando.
▪ By collision and gravitational attraction, the larger planetesimals swept up the smaller pieces and became the planets.
▪ It is only when the attraction is not a hot one that you hear about the competition from other events or experiences.
▪ Our circle was a group of rebels and no-one could quite understand our friend's attraction to him.
▪ Partnerships are about intentions but they derive their stature and attraction from what they achieve.
▪ The van der Waals bond is a weak electrical attraction that is related to the asymmetry of certain atoms and ions.
▪ You can see what attractions lie along your route, or base your route on the attractions you prefer.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

attraction

Magnetic \Mag*net"ic\, Magnetical \Mag*net"ic*al\, a. [L. magneticus: cf. F. magn['e]tique.]

  1. Pertaining to the magnet; possessing the properties of the magnet, or corresponding properties; as, a magnetic bar of iron; a magnetic needle.

  2. Of or pertaining to, or characterized by, the earth's magnetism; as, the magnetic north; the magnetic meridian.

  3. Capable of becoming a magnet; susceptible to magnetism; as, the magnetic metals.

  4. Endowed with extraordinary personal power to excite the feelings and to win the affections; attractive; inducing attachment.

    She that had all magnetic force alone.
    --Donne.

  5. Having, susceptible to, or induced by, animal magnetism, so called; hypnotic; as, a magnetic sleep. See Magnetism. [Archaic] Magnetic amplitude, attraction, dip, induction, etc. See under Amplitude, Attraction, etc. Magnetic battery, a combination of bar or horseshoe magnets with the like poles adjacent, so as to act together with great power. Magnetic compensator, a contrivance connected with a ship's compass for compensating or neutralizing the effect of the iron of the ship upon the needle. Magnetic curves, curves indicating lines of magnetic force, as in the arrangement of iron filings between the poles of a powerful magnet. Magnetic elements.

    1. (Chem. Physics) Those elements, as iron, nickel, cobalt, chromium, manganese, etc., which are capable or becoming magnetic.

    2. (Physics) In respect to terrestrial magnetism, the declination, inclination, and intensity.

    3. See under Element.

      Magnetic fluid, the hypothetical fluid whose existence was formerly assumed in the explanations of the phenomena of magnetism; -- no longer considered a meaningful concept.

      Magnetic iron, or Magnetic iron ore. (Min.) Same as Magnetite.

      Magnetic needle, a slender bar of steel, magnetized and suspended at its center on a sharp-pointed pivot, or by a delicate fiber, so that it may take freely the direction of the magnetic meridian. It constitutes the essential part of a compass, such as the mariner's and the surveyor's.

      Magnetic poles, the two points in the opposite polar regions of the earth at which the direction of the dipping needle is vertical.

      Magnetic pyrites. See Pyrrhotite.

      Magnetic storm (Terrestrial Physics), a disturbance of the earth's magnetic force characterized by great and sudden changes.

      Magnetic telegraph, a telegraph acting by means of a magnet. See Telegraph.

Wikipedia

Attraction

Attraction may refer to:

  • Attractiveness
  • Attraction basin (aka attractor) in dynamical systems.
  • Attraction (grammar), the process by which a relative pronoun takes on the case of its antecedent
  • Attraction (horse) (foaled 2001)
  • Attraction (shadow theatre group)
  • The Attractions, a backing band for Elvis Costello
  • Interpersonal attraction, the attraction between people which leads to friendships and romantic relationships
  • Physical attractiveness, attraction on the basis of beauty
  • Sexual attraction, attraction on the basis of sexual desire
  • Tourist attraction, a place of interest where tourists visit
    • Amusement park attraction
  • Law of attraction, a belief that mental disposition will attract similar results

Attraction (grammar)

Attraction in linguistics can refer to Case Attraction or to Agreement Attraction.

Attraction (horse)

Attraction (foaled 19 February 2001) is a retired British racehorse who was bred in Scotland and trained in England. She won several important races and was the first horse to win both the 1000 Guineas and the Irish 1000 Guineas. In a career which lasted from 2003 to 2005 she ran fifteen times and won ten races. She was also well known for her unusual and distinctive action.

Attraction (shadow theatre group)

Attraction are a Hungarian shadow theatre group from Budapest, Hungary. They rose to fame during a performance at the Hungarian Olympic Oath Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, in which they did a rendition of many of the traditional sports within the five rings of the Olympic games logo. Less than a year later, they won the seventh series of Britain's Got Talent on 8 June 2013, beating Jack Carroll.

WordNet

attraction

  1. n. the force by which one object attracts another [syn: attractive force] [ant: repulsion]

  2. an entertainment that is offered to the public

  3. the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts; "her personality held a strange attraction for him" [syn: attractiveness]

  4. a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; "flowers are an attractor for bees" [syn: attractor, attracter, attractive feature, magnet]

  5. an entertainer who attracts large audiences; "he was the biggest drawing card they had" [syn: drawing card, draw, attractor, attracter]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

attraction

late 14c., from French attraction, from Latin attractionem (nominative attractio) "a drawing together," noun of action from past participle stem of attrahere (see attract). Originally a medical word, "absorption by the body;" meaning "action of drawing to" is from 1540s (again medical); extended to magnetic, then figuratively to personal (c.1600) qualities. Meaning "a thing which draws a crowd, interesting or amusing exhibition" is from 1829, a sense that developed in English and soon transferred to the French equivalent of the word.

Wiktionary

attraction

n. 1 The tendency to attract. 2 The feeling of being attracted.

Usage examples of "attraction".

When Inanna insisted she have another, it was easy to show ambivalence, both attraction and reluctance at the same time.

Also I felt an undeniable attraction to this male that caused me only annoyance and bewilderment.

I selected it as the antonym for attractive, attraction and repulsion being opposite forces.

Again, she had assessed Occula as a girl of exceptional style, with far more than the kind of short-term basting appeal of a beauty like Meris, and she did not mean to let her attraction burn up and blaze out like a fire-festival bonfire.

Miss Benger, her writings, pleasing and beautiful as they are, were the smallest part of her merit and her attraction.

She possessed, even in advanced age, the attractions of beauty, and united to a lively imagination a firmness of mind, and strength of judgment, seldom bestowed on her sex.

To the Jew the great attraction of all of these Western movements was that they were quantitative, and thus all tended to break down the exclusiveness of the West, which had kept him out of its power struggles, and confined in his ghetto, dreaming of his revenge for centuries of persecution.

He was aware of the attraction he had for her but aware also that Melia was ashamed of the feelings he could arouse in her, and was fiercely determined not to yield to them.

Berlinton, who never before, since her marriage, had been of any party where her attractions had not been unrivalled, had believed herself superior to pleasure from personal homage, and knew not, till she missed it, that it made any part of her amusement in public.

Don Rodrigo de Buen Lozano was a mature, elegant Asturian, a champion at pelota and partridge shooting, who compensated with his other attractions for being twenty-two years older than his wife.

If we tried to use a perturbative approach by, say, singling out the gravitational attraction between two stars and using it to determine our ballpark approximation, we would quickly find that our approach had failed.

Altogether, the face was cast in a rare and intellectual mould, and, if wanting in those more luxuriant attractions common to the age of the stranger, who could scarcely have attained his twenty-sixth year, it betokened, at least, that predominance of mind over body which in some eyes is the most requisite characteristic of masculine beauty.

In addition to meeting people on your tour group, you will encounter people from new and completely different tour groups, because you will all be stopping at the same popular attractions, which have been thoughtfully preselected for you based on their cultural interest as measured in square footage of parking area.

Saturday shows at the Empire, which usually consisted of a creature feature, eight or nine cartoons, Prevues of Coming Attractions, and the MovieTone News.

Graveyards held for him no particular attraction beyond their quaintness and historic value, and of anything like violence or savage instinct he was utterly devoid.