Hypertext Webster Gateway: "presence"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Presence \Pres"ence\, n. [F. pr['e]sence, L. praesentia. See
1. The state of being present, or of being within sight or
call, or at hand; -- opposed to absence.

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

Wrath shell be no more Thenceforth, but in thy
presence joy entire. --Milton.

3. Specifically, neighborhood to the person of one of
superior of exalted rank; also, presence chamber.

In such a presence here to plead my thoughts.

An't please your grace, the two great cardinals.
Wait in the presence. --Shak.

4. The whole of the personal qualities of an individual;
person; personality; especially, the person of a superior,
as a sovereign.

The Sovran Presence thus replied. --Milton.

5. An assembly, especially of person of rank or nobility;
noble company.

Odmar, of all this presence does contain, Give her
your wreath whom you esteem most fair. --Dryden.

6. Port, mien; air; personal appearence. ``Rather dignity of
presence than beauty of aspect.'' --Bacon.

A graceful presence bespeaks acceptance. -- Collier.

{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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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: {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},
6: the act of being present [ant: {absence}]

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