distraction


dis·trac·tion

noun \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

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

dis·trac·tion

noun \dis-ˈtrak-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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