The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Present \Pres"ent\, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]sent. See Present, a.]
1. Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at
the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
Past and present, wound in one. --Tennyson.
2. pl. (Law) Present letters or instrument, as a deed of
conveyance, a lease, letter of attorney, or other writing;
as in the phrase, " Know all men by these presents," that
is, by the writing itself, " per has literas praesentes; "
-- in this sense, rarely used in the singular.
3. (Gram.) A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting
the present tense.
At present, at the present time; now.
For the present, for the tine being; temporarily.
In present, at once, without delay. [Obs.] "With them, in
present, half his kingdom; the rest to follow at his