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distraction

noun dis·trac·tion \di-ˈstrak-shən\

: something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention

: something that amuses or entertains you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc.

: a state in which you are very annoyed or upset

Full Definition of DISTRACTION

1
:  the act of distracting or the state of being distracted; especially :  mental confusion <driven to distraction>
2
:  something that distracts; especially :  amusement <a harmless distraction>
dis·trac·tive \-ˈstrak-tiv\ adjective
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Examples of DISTRACTION

  1. It was hard to work with so many distractions.
  2. One of them created a distraction while the other grabbed the money.
  3. A weekend at the beach was a good distraction from her troubles.
  4. Their endless chatter drove her to distraction.

First Known Use of DISTRACTION

15th century
DISTRACTION Defined for Kids

distraction

noun dis·trac·tion \di-ˈstrak-shən\

Definition of DISTRACTION for Kids

1
:  something that makes it hard to pay attention <One robber created a distraction and the other grabbed the money.>
2
:  the act of having thoughts or attention drawn away :  the state of drawing thoughts or attention away <… he needed to clear his head, to flush away all distraction … — Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee>
3
:  confusion of thoughts or feelings <Their endless chatter drove me to distraction.>
4
:  something that amuses or entertains <The game was a good distraction during the long car ride.>
Medical Dictionary

distraction

noun dis·trac·tion \dis-ˈtrak-shən\

Medical Definition of DISTRACTION

1
a :  diversion of the attention b :  mental derangement
2
:  excessive separation (as from improper traction) of fracture fragments
dis·tract \dis-ˈtrakt\ transitive verb

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