[n] the capacity to attract intense interest; "he held the children spellbound with magic tricks and other fascinations"
[n] a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual
[n] the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror)
\Fas`ci*na"tion\, n. [L. fascinatio; cf. F. fascination.]
1. The act of fascinating, bewhiching, or enchanting; enchantment; witchcraft; the exercise of a powerful or irresistible influence on the affections or passions; unseen, inexplicable influence. The Turks hang old rags . . . upon their fairest horses, and other goodly creatures, to secure them against fascination. --Waller.
2. The state or condition of being fascinated.
3. That which fascinates; a charm; a spell. There is a certain bewitchery or fascination in words. --South.