distract

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Distract \Dis*tract"\, adjective [L. distractus, p. p. of distrahere to draw asunder; dis- + trahere to draw. See {Trace}, and cf. {Distraught}.]

1. Separated; drawn asunder. [Obs.]

2. Insane; mad. [Obs.] --Drayton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Distract \Dis*tract"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Distracted}, old p. p. {Distraught}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distracting}.]

1. To draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin.

A city . . . distracted from itself. --Fuller.

2. To draw (the sight, mind, or attention) in different directions; to perplex; to confuse; as, to distract the eye; to distract the attention.

Mixed metaphors . . . distract the imagination. --Goldsmith.

3. To agitate by conflicting passions, or by a variety of motives or of cares; to confound; to harass.

Horror and doubt distract His troubled thoughts. --Milton.

4. To unsettle the reason of; to render insane; to craze; to madden; -- most frequently used in the participle, distracted.

A poor mad soul; . . . poverty hath distracted her. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

distract

verb

1: draw someone's attention away from something; "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors" [syn: {distract}, {deflect}]

2: disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed; "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill" [syn: {perturb}, {unhinge}, {disquiet}, {trouble}, {cark}, {distract}, {disorder}]

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