from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The fact or state of existing; being.
- n. The fact or state of continued being; life: our brief existence on Earth.
- n. All that exists: sang the beauty of all existence.
- n. A thing that exists; an entity.
- n. A mode or manner of existing: scratched out a meager existence.
- n. Specific presence; occurrence: The Geiger counter indicated the existence of radioactivity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being, existing, or occurring; beinghood.
- n. empirical reality; the substance of the physical universe Dictionary of Philosophy; 1968
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of existing or being; actual possession of being; continuance in being
- n. Continued or repeated manifestation; occurrence, as of events of any kind.
- n. That which exists; a being; a creature; an entity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Actual being; being at a certain moment or throughout a certain period of time; being such as ordinary objects possess. See being.
- n. Hence Life; vital or sentient being; state of life.
- n. That which exists; that which actually is an individual thing; an actuality.
- n. Reality; fact; truth.
- n. In logic, presence in the universe, system, or total collection of individual objects considered.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. everything that exists anywhere
- n. the state or fact of existing
From Old French existence, from Late Latin existentia ("existence"). (Wiktionary)