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attractor

[ə′trak·tər]
(physics)
A geometrical object toward which the trajectory of a dynamical system, represented by a curve in phase space, converges in the course of time.
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Community colleges are just starting to realize the importance of being target masters and promoting the ideals of higher education in order to attract students.
But until that energy potential is identified, it's a "chicken-and-egg" scenario on whether to develop the transmission infrastructure first to attract private investment or vice versa.
This certainly is not the only audience that the League hopes to attract, but initial research indicates that this group offers us an opportunity for the most immediate success.
Putting out grated lamb or beef suet may attract the greater spotted woodpeckers and tinned cat or dog food is ideal, cheap and nutritious as is cooked potatoes and cooked brown or white rice all loved by starlings.
To develop communication materials in order to attract and support parent volunteers.
As the population of the United States has grown increasingly more diverse, we have taken concrete measures to attract and retain people of all races, religions, ages and ethnicities.
Every year my firm considers new strategies to capitalize on opportunities and attract talented professionals and desirable clients.
If companies are to attract and keep the best people as the job market improves, they will need to ensure their compensation plans remain competitive.
They are full of scent and nectar, and those bright yellow heads attract swarms of bees.
We installed a concrete birdbath (soon to be replaced by a more effective dripper), and began by planting an array of sunflowers, which attract chickadees, cardinals, titmice, nuthatches and buntings, as well as bees.