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  • Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants
    Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Distractive Causing perplexity; distracting. "Distractive thoughts."
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dutchess is distracted as the mouse pie is taken from the oven Dutchess is distracted as the mouse pie is taken from the oven

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Calvin and Hobbes: Hobbes originally had pads on his hands and feet but Bill Waterson (the creator) found them too distracting and removed them.
    • distractive Causing perplexity: as, distractive cares.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Golf was banned in England in 1457 because it was considered a distraction from the serious pursuit of archery.
    • adj Distractive causing perplexity
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  • Socrates
    “A multitude of books distracts the mind.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “A distracted existence leads us to no goal.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Materialism is the only form of distraction from true bliss.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.”
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
    “America is addicted to wars of distraction.”


In literature:

Sir, be confident: What is 't distracts you?
"The Duchess of Malfi" by John Webster
A pleasanter trouble came to distract him, namely, the pregnancy of his wife.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Spain was unnerved, Germany distracted, England corrupted.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
But they are apparently immensely interested as well as distracted by them.
"The March Family Trilogy, Complete" by William Dean Howells
No, there was certainly no lack of distractions.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
Perhaps this was done in pity for the poor, wounded spirit which found distraction in such child's play.
"Frederick The Great and His Family" by L. Muhlbach
In her blind state, the endless turmoil of the children distracted her.
"Poor Miss Finch" by Wilkie Collins
The propriety of legal means at once recurred to my distracted mind, however, and restrained me.
"The Widow Lerouge" by Emile Gaboriau
His other fixed idea is that he loves Unorna to distraction.
"The Witch of Prague" by F. Marion Crawford
A sound from Fleur distracted his attention.
"To Let" by John Galsworthy
Sarah wrote like one distracted.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
In the middle of the night, Madame came into my chamber, en chemise, and in a state of distraction.
"The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete" by Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
In truth, her life would have been lonely and depressing enough, had it not been for the distractions which Claire Fromont procured for her.
"Fromont and Risler, Complete" by Alphonse Daudet
Well, we must soften it down a little, so as not to upset the Queen too much, poor woman, and distract the Council unnecessarily.
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
This information distracted me!
"The Adventures of Roderick Random" by Tobias Smollett
In that time, as in this, love was the dream of youth, the distraction of the middle-aged, and the memory of the old.
"The Barber of Paris" by Charles Paul de Kock
In the distractions of the capital he might forget me.
"The Maid of Honour, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
He told me that I must find distraction.
"Spiritual Adventures" by Arthur Symons
If he had no distractions he took refuge in bad company or furious riding.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. VI (of VI), "Spanish Passions" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
There could not have been a more welcome distraction.
"Mrs. Balfame" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

In poetry:

Round and round, in wild distraction,
Jeanie turn'd her tearfu' ee!
Round and round for some protection!--
Face nor house she could na see!
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
Against virgin prayer
This sorceress sets mirrors enough
To distract beauty's thought;
Lovesick at first fond song,
Each vain girl's driven
"Vanity Fair" by Sylvia Plath
Each scene she trac'd, to memory dear,
Tho' memory lent a feeble ray,
Reason's benighted bark to steer,
Thro' dark distraction's stormy way.
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent
Enthusiast! thou may'st vainly languish,
O'er the scenes of life refine;
Then art thou doom'd to ceaseless anguish,
Or distraction must be thine.
"The Mother" by Charlotte Dacre
``I cannot don the breastplate and the helm,
To my weak waist the sword I cannot gird,
Nor in the discords that distract a Realm
Be seen or heard.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
Born to walk alone,
Now suddenly distracted into this mazy side-track,
This awkward, harrowing pursuit,
This grim necessity from within.
"Tortoise Gallantry" by D H Lawrence

In news:

America is in the midst of a pointless, distracting debate grounded in a stupid, offensive question: College for all.
It's not enough to distract.
NEW YORK — A lewd photograph of a crotch sent from the Twitter account of US Rep Anthony Weiner is just "a distraction" perpetrated by a hacker, his spokesman said Sunday.
Caine's Arcade is more than a distracting fad (+video).
The escalating controversy over recent bankruptcies at solar start-up companies like Solyndra and Abound Solar has become a distraction from the real story about the solar power industry.
A USC season already marked by several distracting controversies for coach Lane Kiffin and school administrators added more intrigue Thursday.
Critics grumble about another distraction, but there's more to the Fiat 500L story.
But for the people living nearby, this tourist attraction has become a distraction.
With all the hoopla surrounding a homecoming football game, Coach David Large was pleased with how his team was able to put aside the distractions.
The last thing any effective team needs is an internal distraction, be it a talkative co-worker or an unfocused one.
Adney adds the leggings have become a distraction to other students.
(AP) — Minnetonka High School's principal says skin-tight spandex leggings worn by female students are becoming a distraction.
Minnetonka Principal Says Spandex Becoming a Distraction.
MINNETONKA (AP) – Minnetonka High School's principal says skin-tight spandex leggings worn by female students are becoming a distraction.
I can suspend disbelief pretty easily and enjoy most movies for what they are (usually just a 90 minute distraction).

In science:

First, we will describe techniques for resource management in a pervasive environment, considering a realistic assumption that the proactive issuing of tasks may overwhelm the available resources and may bring about distraction to the user.
Balancing transparency, efficiency and security in pervasive systems
This section has presented a set of available tools and platforms to address security issues in the specific context of a pervasive environment, i.e. in a system with strong constraints on transparency and minimal user distraction.
Balancing transparency, efficiency and security in pervasive systems
Their clear recommendations are to avoid any distraction from the ambitious goal of achieving a 0.25% measurement of the beam polarisation.
Executive Summary of the Workshop on Polarisation and Beam Energy Measurements at the ILC
We do not pursue them here because our aim is to explain the concept of weak measurements in the context in which they historically arose, in which technical mathematics would only be a distraction.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
However, we will spend some time appearing to be distracted from that goal by studying electrodynamics, general relativity and cosmology.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
Table 3 presents similar results regarding whether the recipients lost their concentration and/or got distracted.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
Table 3: Frequency table for the recipients’ yes/no answers with respect to getting distracted.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
Similar results were obtained with respect to the lack of concentration and distraction.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
Steven Carlip for his advice and instruction on conveying this work with minimum distractions from the core ideas.
Emergence of General Relativity from Loop Quantum Gravity: A Summary
This simplified the task of writing specifications without being distracted by EiffelBase’s deep multiple inheritance hierarchy.
What Good Are Strong Specifications?
Moreover, we believe that the decorations are more often than not distracting.
Autosolvability of halting problem instances for instruction sequences
In order to not distract from the main Ricci flow argument, we have kept this section short and instead sketched several of the proofs of the analytic results in the Appendix.
Ricci flow of conformally compact metrics
This simple classic picture is good for the ionic crystal, but it is distracted by a covalent bond in the magnetic crystal, where the exchange interaction causes the magnetic order.
Ferroelectromagnets. Fifty years after discovery
To avoid being distracted by the impact of hand-coded control rules we separate the judgements of the fully-automated planners from those of the hand-coded planners.
The 3rd International Planning Competition: Results and Analysis
This introduces distracting complex factors of i into the equations.
Bayesian analysis of polarization measurements