What does distraction mean?

Definitions for distraction
dɪˈstræk ʃəndis·trac·tion

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. distractionnoun

    mental turmoil

    "he drives me to distraction"

  2. distractionnoun

    an obstacle to attention

  3. beguilement, distractionnoun

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

  4. distraction, misdirectionnoun

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

    "conjurers are experts at misdirection"


  1. distractionnoun

    Something that distracts.

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

    Etymology: See to distract.

  2. distractionnoun

    The process of being distracted.

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

    Etymology: See to distract.

  3. distractionnoun

    Perturbation; disorder; disturbance; confusion.

    Etymology: See to distract.

  4. distractionnoun

    Mental disorder; a deranged state of mind; insanity.

    The incessant nightmares drove him to distraction.

    Etymology: See to distract.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distractionnoun

    the act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation

  2. Distractionnoun

    that which diverts attention; a diversion

  3. Distractionnoun

    a diversity of direction; detachment

  4. Distractionnoun

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

  5. Distractionnoun

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

  6. Distractionnoun

    agitation from violent emotions; perturbation of mind; despair

  7. Distractionnoun

    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.

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  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

Examples of distraction in a Sentence

  1. Justin Amash:

    I have the highest regard for them and they're my close friends, i didn't want to be a further distraction for House Freedom Caucus.

  2. Brian Schatz:

    This is a question of where you stand as it relates to the constitutional authorities of the legislative branch and what they're working on is purely a distraction.

  3. Amir Johnson:

    I take full responsibility and will accept the consequences of my actions, i also apologize to my teammates, the 76ers organization and the fans for the distraction this has caused.

  4. Liam Fox:

    I think it's always easier to just give an explanation, but the key thing then is how you get on to the issues; what we can't have is it being a distraction from explanations about wider polices and where we go to and when.

  5. Democratic National Committee:

    That is simply not the case. What we said, as my staff communicated to her staff, is that she needed to focus on the issues and make a commitment to do that, and in fact, she said yesterday in a news interview that if she came, she would be a distraction, and so she chose not to come.

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