The charm or special quality of something that draws you to it is its attraction. The attraction of a college might be its sports program, for example, or the attraction of a job might be its high pay.

An attraction can be a physical force as well as a psychological one — though sometimes, as with love, it can be hard to tell the two apart. Planets have a gravitational attraction to each other, as do opposite magnetic poles. Attraction can also refer to a public entertainment, such as a popular place or a performer or event. You might line up to visit a tourist attraction, or look forward to seeing the main attraction go onstage.

Primary Meanings of attraction

the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts
the force by which one object attracts another
Full Definitions of attraction

n the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts

“her personality held a strange attraction for him”
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a natural attraction or feeling of kinship
allure, allurement, temptingness
the power to entice or attract through personal charm
the capacity to attract and hold something
drawing power
the capacity for attracting people (customers or supporters)
the capacity to attract intense interest
come-on, enticement, lure
qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward
sexual attraction
attractiveness on the basis of sexual desire
show-stopper, showstopper
something that is strikingly attractive or has great popular appeal
a tempting allurement
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an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

n a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts

attracter, attractive feature, attractor, magnet
a general interest that leads people to want to know more
tourist attraction
a characteristic that attracts tourists
enhancer, foil
anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities
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characteristic, feature
a prominent attribute or aspect of something

n an entertainment that is offered to the public

travelog, travelogue
a film or illustrated lecture on traveling
a rival attraction
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a social event involving a public performance or entertainment

n an entertainer who attracts large audiences

attracter, attractor, draw, drawing card
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a person who tries to please or amuse

n the force by which one object attracts another

attractive force
repulsion, repulsive force
the force by which bodies repel one another
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(immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody
bond, chemical bond
an electrical force linking atoms
gravitation, gravitational attraction, gravitational force, gravity
(physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface
magnetic attraction, magnetic force, magnetism
attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force
van der Waal's forces
relatively weak attraction between neutral atoms and molecules arising from polarization induced in each particle by the presence of other particles
covalent bond
a chemical bond that involves sharing a pair of electrons between atoms in a molecule
cross-link, cross-linkage
a side bond that links two adjacent chains of atoms in a complex molecule
hydrogen bond
a chemical bond consisting of a hydrogen atom between two electronegative atoms (e.g., oxygen or nitrogen) with one side be a covalent bond and the other being an ionic bond
electrostatic bond, electrovalent bond, ionic bond
a chemical bond in which one atom loses an electron to form a positive ion and the other atom gains an electron to form a negative ion
metallic bond
a chemical bond in which electrons are shared over many nuclei and electronic conduction occurs
peptide bond, peptide linkage
the primary linkage of all protein structures; the chemical bond between the carboxyl groups and amino groups that unites a peptide
solar gravity
the gravity of the sun
magnetism produced by an electric current
magnetic field creates parallel but opposing spins; varies with temperature
phenomenon exhibited by materials like copper or bismuth that become magnetized in a magnetic field with a polarity opposite to the magnetic force; unlike iron they are slightly repelled by a magnet
phenomenon exhibited by materials like iron (nickel or cobalt) that become magnetized in a magnetic field and retain their magnetism when the field is removed
materials like aluminum or platinum become magnetized in a magnetic field but it disappears when the field is removed
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(physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

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