from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The state or fact of being present; current existence or occurrence.
- noun The area immediately surrounding a great personage, especially a sovereign.
- noun A person who is present, especially in an impressive way.
- noun A person's bearing, especially when it commands respectful attention.
- noun The quality of self-assurance and effectiveness that permits a performer to achieve a rapport with the audience.
- noun A supernatural influence felt to be nearby.
- noun The people, especially diplomats or troops, stationed by a government in a foreign country.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The state of being present; the state of being in a certain place, and not in some other place; being, continuance, or stay in a certain place: as, the presence of a planet in a particular part of its orbit; specifically, the state of being near the speaker or writer or in some place upon which his thought is directed.
- noun Companionship; attendance; company; society.
- noun Immediate neighborhood or vicinity; close proximity.
- noun The state of being face to face with a great personage or with a superior.
- noun An assembly, particularly of persons of rank; a noble company.
- noun Personality; the sum of the qualities of an individual; personage.
- noun Aspect; appearance; demeanor; mien; air.
- noun An apparition; a vision; a specter.
- noun A presence-chamber.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The state of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand; -- opposed to
- noun 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.
- noun Specifically, neighborhood to the person of one of superior of exalted rank; also, presence chamber.
- noun The whole of the personal qualities of an individual; person; personality; especially, the person of a superior, as a sovereign.
- noun An assembly, especially of person of rank or nobility; noble company.
- noun Port, mien; air; personal appearence.
- noun the room in which a great personage receives company.
- noun 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The
factor conditionof being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand.
- noun The
partof spacewithin one's immediate vicinity.
- noun A
qualityof poiseand effectiveness that enables a performerto achievea close relationshipwith his audience.
- noun Something (as a
spirit) feltor believed to be present.
- noun A
company's business activityin a particular market.
- noun The state of being closely focused on the here and now, not distracted by irrelevant thoughts
- verb To make or become
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the immediate proximity of someone or something
- noun an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby
- noun dignified manner or conduct
- noun the impression that something is present
- noun the state of being present; current existence
- noun the act of being present
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Took a close view of my familiar friend Death, accompanied with the presence of my Saviour, _his sensible presence_.
The Count, recovering his presence of mind, and _presence_ of
Tales and Novels — Volume 07 Maria Edgeworth 1808
Personal online presence is shorthand for doing something to keep my website up to date and generally be visible online.
This large audience in presence is a token of that loyalty.
The Empire 1942
The role of stories changes several times over the course of the narrative, but their presence is always understood to be a calming, enlightening one that puts human beings in their best selves.
He really had no reason to be in this film, both as an actor and as a character, but his presence is always a welcome one, especially when he's a resurrected-by-Satan jerkhole that gets set ablaze with hellfire after a brief moment of redemption.
I agree that teacher presence is a fascinating area, I think it is partly a question of learning how to be oneself in the right way.
“Bodrogi brings great world-class time trial experience to Team Type 1 and his presence is a remarkable addition to the squad,” said Team Type 1 director Vassili Davidenko.
Indentured Khoisan servants and slaves, on the other hand, must have been at work on Groote Valleij at the time of the auction, but the only record of their presence is the sale of Lubbe's slaves.
They would have called it poudre bleu, and their presence is also still remembered in the names French Farm and French Drove.
French Lesson Peter Ashley 2008