What does Distraction mean?

Definitions for Distractiondɪˈstræk ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Distraction.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. distraction(noun)

    mental turmoil

    "he drives me to distraction"

  2. distraction(noun)

    an obstacle to attention

  3. beguilement, distraction(noun)

    an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations

  4. distraction, misdirection(noun)

    the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something

    "conjurers are experts at misdirection"


  1. distraction(Noun)

    Something that distracts.

    Poking one's eye is a good distraction from a hurting toe.

  2. distraction(Noun)

    The process of being distracted.

    We have to reduce distraction in class if we want students to achieve good results.

  3. distraction(Noun)

    Perturbation; disorder; disturbance; confusion.

  4. distraction(Noun)

    Mental disorder; a deranged state of mind; insanity.

    The incessant nightmares drove him to distraction.

  5. Origin: See to distract.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distraction(noun)

    the act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation

  2. Distraction(noun)

    that which diverts attention; a diversion

  3. Distraction(noun)

    a diversity of direction; detachment

  4. Distraction(noun)

    state in which the attention is called in different ways; confusion; perplexity

  5. Distraction(noun)

    confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder; as, political distractions

  6. Distraction(noun)

    agitation from violent emotions; perturbation of mind; despair

  7. Distraction(noun)

    derangement of the mind; madness


  1. Distraction

    Distraction is the divided attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction. Distraction is caused by: the lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention. Distractions come from both external sources, and internal sources.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Distraction in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Distraction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Barbara Ehrenreich:

    America is addicted to wars of distraction.

  2. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    All of this is a distraction away from the point here.

  3. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:

    It is a distraction from how we actually solve the problem.

  4. Art McCoy:

    We've decided to be still and observe, the convention is just a distraction.

  5. Suzette Walden Cole:

    However, he wasn't a distraction until Nancy Gordeuk made his presence a distraction.

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