1. the state of being present; current existence;
- Example: "he tested for the presence of radon"
2. the immediate proximity of someone or something;
- Example: "she blushed in his presence"
- Example: "he sensed the presence of danger"
- Example: "he was well behaved in front of company"
[syn: presence, front]
3. an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby;
4. the impression that something is present;
- Example: "he felt the presence of an evil force"
5. dignified manner or conduct;
[syn: bearing, comportment, presence, mien]
6. the act of being present;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Presence \Pres"ence\, n. [F. pr['e]sence, L. praesentia. See Present.] 1. The state of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand; -- opposed to absence. [1913 Webster] 2. The place in which one is present; the part of space within one's ken, call, influence, etc.; neighborhood without the intervention of anything that forbids intercourse. [1913 Webster] Wrath shell be no more Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Specifically, neighborhood to the person of one of superior of exalted rank; also, presence chamber. [1913 Webster] In such a presence here to plead my thoughts. --Shak. [1913 Webster] An't please your grace, the two great cardinals. Wait in the presence. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. The whole of the personal qualities of an individual; person; personality; especially, the person of a superior, as a sovereign. [1913 Webster] The Sovran Presence thus replied. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. An assembly, especially of person of rank or nobility; noble company. [1913 Webster] Odmar, of all this presence does contain, Give her your wreath whom you esteem most fair. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 6. Port, mien; air; personal appearence. "Rather dignity of presence than beauty of aspect." --Bacon. [1913 Webster] A graceful presence bespeaks acceptance. -- Collier. [1913 Webster] Presence chamber, or Presence room, the room in which a great personage receives company. --Addison. " Chambers of presence." --Bacon. Presence of mind, that state of the mind in which all its faculties are alert, prompt, and acting harmoniously in obedience to the will, enabling one to reach, as it were spontaneously or by intuition, just conclusions in sudden emergencies. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
presence n 1: the state of being present; current existence; "he tested for the presence of radon" [ant: absence] 2: the immediate proximity of someone or something; "she blushed in his presence"; "he sensed the presence of danger"; "he was well behaved in front of company" [syn: presence, front] 3: an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby 4: the impression that something is present; "he felt the presence of an evil force" 5: dignified manner or conduct [syn: bearing, comportment, presence, mien] 6: the act of being present [ant: absence]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
179 Moby Thesaurus words for "presence": Masan, action, actions, activity, acts, address, adjacency, affectation, air, alertness, aplomb, apparition, appearance, aspect, association, astral, astral spirit, attendance, aura, banshee, bearing, behavior, behavior pattern, behavioral norm, behavioral science, being, brow, calm, carriage, cast, cast of countenance, closeness, color, companionship, company, complexion, comportment, composure, conduct, confidence, control, cool, coolness, countenance, culture pattern, custom, demeanor, departed spirit, deportment, disembodied spirit, doing, doings, duppy, dybbuk, eidolon, ens, entity, equanimity, esse, essence, existence, face, facial appearance, false image, fantasy, favor, feature, features, figure, folkway, form, garb, gestures, ghost, goings-on, grateful dead, guide, guise, hant, haunt, idolum, image, immateriality, imperturbability, incorporeal, incorporeal being, incorporeity, larva, lemures, level-headedness, life, lineaments, lines, look, looks, maintien, manes, manifestation, manifestness, manner, manners, materiality, materialization, method, methodology, methods, mien, mirage, modus vivendi, motions, movements, moves, nearness, observable behavior, occurrence, oni, pattern, personality, phantasm, phantasma, phantasmagoria, phantom, phasm, phenomenon, phlegm, physiognomy, poise, poltergeist, port, pose, posture, practice, praxis, presence of mind, procedure, proceeding, propinquity, proximity, quick-wittedness, revenant, sang-froid, seeming, self-assurance, self-possession, set, shade, shadow, shape, shrouded spirit, social science, society, sophistication, specter, spectral ghost, spirit, spook, sprite, stance, style, subsistence, substantiality, tactics, theophany, tone, traits, turn, unsubstantiality, vicinity, visage, vision, waking dream, walking dead man, wandering soul, way, way of life, ways, wildest dream, wraith, zombieBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PRESENCE. The existence of a person in a particular place. 2. In many contracts and judicial proceedings it is necessary that the parties should be present in order to reader them valid; for example, a party to a deed when it is executed by himself, must personally acknowledge it, when such acknowledgment is required by law, to give it its full force and effect, and his presence is indispensable, unless, indeed, another person represent him as his attorney, having authority from him for that purpose. 3. In the criminal law, presence is actual or constructive. When a larceny is committed in a house by two men, united in the same design, and one of them goes into the house, arid commits the crime, while the other is on the outside watching to prevent a surprise, the former is actually, an the latter constructively, present. 4. It is a rule in the civil law, that he who is incapable of giving his consent to an act, is not to be considered present, although he be actually in the place; a lunatic, or a man sleeping, would not therefore be considered present. Dig. 41, 2, 1, 3. And so, if insensible; 1 Dougl. 241; 4 Bro. P. R. 71; 3 Russ. 441; or if the act were done secretly so that he knew nothing of it. 1 P. Wms. 740. 5. The English statute of fraud, Sec. 5, directs that all devises and bequests of any lands or tenements shall be attested or subscribed in the presence of said devisor. Under this statute it has been decided that an actual presence is not indispensable, but that where there was a constructive presence it was sufficient; as, where the testatrix executed the will in her carriage standing in the street before the office of her solicitor, the witness retired into the office to attest it, and it being proved that the carriage was accidentally put back, so that she was in a situation to see the witness sign the will through the window of the office. Bro. Ch. C. 98; see 2 Curt. R. 320; 2 Salk. 688; 3 Russ. R. 441; 1 Maule & Selw. 294; 2 Car.& P. 491 2 Curt. R. 331. Vide Constructive.