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You will be the only attraction at this performance, and I have only you to count on for the receipts.

A ton on some other planet, where the attraction of gravity is less, does not weigh half a ton.

The weight of a load depends upon the attraction of the earth.

The place has no attraction for me without you, and it was yours first.

The earth-house had no longer any attraction for Steenie: the bonny man was not there; he was risen!

Sometimes he had found himself wondering at the phenomenon of her attraction for him.

The gravity-plates for repulsion were those in the helmet; for attraction, those in the boot-soles.

I was not insensible to all his powers of attraction; I thought him one of the most amiable of men.

Water had no attraction for him, save as a pleasant means of taking exercise.

They contain a large quantity of honey, and so prove an attraction to bees.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from French attraction, from Latin attractionem (nominative attractio) "a drawing together," noun of action from past participle stem of attrahere (see attract). Originally a medical word, "absorption by the body;" meaning "action of drawing to" is from 1540s (again medical); extended to magnetic, then figuratively to personal (c.1600) qualities. Meaning "a thing which draws a crowd, interesting or amusing exhibition" is from 1829, a sense that developed in English and soon transferred to the French equivalent of the word.

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