distraction

[dih-strak-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of distracting.
2.
the state of being distracted.
3.
mental distress or derangement: That child will drive me to distraction.
4.
that which distracts, divides the attention, or prevents concentration: The distractions of the city interfere with my studies.
5.
that which amuses, entertains, or diverts; amusement; entertainment: Fishing is his major distraction.
6.
division or disorder caused by dissension; tumult.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin distractiōn- (stem of distractiō) separation. See distract, -ion


3. madness, lunacy, insanity, craziness.
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distraction (dɪˈstrækʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or an instance of distracting or the state of being distracted
2.  something that serves as a diversion or entertainment
3.  an interruption; an obstacle to concentration
4.  mental turmoil or madness

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Word Origin & History

distraction
mid-15c., from L. distractionem, noun of action from distrahere (see distract). Meaning "mental disturbance" (in driven to distraction, etc.) is c.1600.
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distraction dis·trac·tion (dĭ-strāk'shən)
n.

  1. A condition or state of mind in which the attention is diverted from an original focus or interest.

  2. Separation of bony fragments or joint surfaces of a limb by extension.

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Example sentences
It's not that elderly people pay more attention to distraction.
The jets screaming by at treetop level might have spoiled another
  demonstration, but they were not a distraction yesterday.
Up here, there is no distraction other than the fish living in the lake.
It's a long stretch in the chair so bring an iPod or some form of distraction.
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