Definition of strange attractor in US English:

strange attractor


  • An equation or fractal set representing a complex pattern of behavior in a chaotic system.

    • ‘In contrast, the trajectories of the 20 - Hz responses filled up a portion of the phase space because of their instability, depicting a so-called strange attractor.’
    • ‘We have a long way to go before we understand the ergodic theory of strange attractors.’
    • ‘If you're addicted to science books, pick up this short and eminently readable book and enjoy the bizarre tale of fractals and strange attractors.’
    • ‘Smale discovered strange attractors which lead to chaotic dynamical systems.’
    • ‘This system has become known as the Lorenz strange attractor, and many more such systems are now known.’