What does the word distraction mean?

Usage examples for distraction

  1. Now I was calmness itself, and the knowledge brought me no little satisfaction as I noted the rather painful distraction of our host. – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  2. Jenny Denham and he stood at the window to watch the leave- taking in the garden, for a distraction. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. I tell you I love Louise to distraction. – Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas, Pere