distraction

noun
dis·​trac·​tion | \ di-ˈstrak-shən \

Definition of distraction 

1 : something that distracts : an object that directs one's attention away from something else turned off her phone to limit distractions One created a distraction while the other grabbed the money. especially : amusement a harmless distraction a book of word puzzles and other distractions
2 : the act of distracting or the state of being distracted especially : mental confusion driven to distraction by their endless chatter

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Other Words from distraction

distractive \ -​ˈstrak-​tiv \ adjective

Examples of distraction in a Sentence

It was hard to work with so many distractions. One of them created a distraction while the other grabbed the money. A weekend at the beach was a good distraction from her troubles. Their endless chatter drove her to distraction.
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Bored kids also count as distractions, so entertain them for hours with movies, coloring books, and car games, like these printable roadside bingo cards. Brigitt Earley, Woman's Day, "6 Ways to Stay Safe on Your Next Family Road Trip," 29 Nov. 2018 Venus Williams has tuned out all manner of distractions on her way to becoming one of the most successful women to set foot on a tennis court. Sean Gregory, Time, "Venus Williams Is Still in the Game—On and Off the Court," 21 June 2018 Sure, Osborne said, having a home studio comes with its share of distractions. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Peek inside Jazz Fest artist Terrance Osborne's technicolor world," 25 Apr. 2018 Take the opportunity to get to know some of your fellow students over coffee or hot chocolate without the distraction of homework and social drama. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "How To Celebrate The Holidays Away From Home," 22 Nov. 2018 Imagine sitting and enjoying your food, one bite at a time, without distraction. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "Here's Everything You Need To Know About Mindful Eating," 18 Sep. 2018 These men needed to get away from the distractions of the intervening years and renew their relationship with him. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "In these trying times, return to Jesus and the simplicity of faith for renewal," 12 July 2018 Learn how to keep the tunnel vision going, knowing all the distractions are going to come. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Wendell Carter Jr. is excited to learn from fellow man in middle Robin Lopez," 11 July 2018 The only thing distracting Hamels, who allowed four runs in five innings June 26, is when the media asks him about the distractions. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Hamels knows what it's like to be traded. Why this time is different as Rangers seek suitors," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of distraction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for distraction

see distract entry 1

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The first known use of distraction was in the 15th century

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distraction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of distraction

: 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

distraction

noun
dis·​trac·​tion | \ di-ˈstrak-shən \

Kids Definition of distraction

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.

distraction

noun
dis·​trac·​tion | \ dis-ˈtrak-shən \

Medical Definition of distraction 

1a : diversion of the attention
b : mental confusion
2 : excessive separation (as from improper traction) of fracture fragments

Other Words from distraction

distract \ dis-​ˈtrakt \ transitive verb

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