Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
At*ten"tion (#), n. [L. attentio: cf. F. attention.]
1. The act or state of attending or heeding; the application of the mind to any object of sense, representation, or thought; notice; exclusive or special consideration; earnest consideration, thought, or regard; obedient or affectionate heed; the supposed power or faculty of attending.
They say the tongues of dying men
Enforce attention like deep harmony.
&hand; Attention is consciousness and something more. It is consciousness voluntarily applied, under its law of limitations, to some determinate object; it is consciousness concentrated.
Sir W. Hamilton.
2. An act of civility or courtesy; care for the comfort and pleasure of others; as, attentions paid to a stranger.
To pay attention to, To pay one's attentions to, to be courteous or attentive to; to wait upon as a lover; to court.
Syn. -- Care; heed; study; consideration; application; advertence; respect; regard.