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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The action of presenting something.
  • noun The style or manner with which something is offered for consideration or display.
  • noun A theatrical performance or display.
  • noun A demonstration, lecture, or speech that is presented to an audience.
  • noun A formal introduction of someone to others, as at court.
  • noun Ecclesiastical The act or right of naming a cleric to a benefice.
  • noun The position of the fetus in the uterus at birth with respect to the mouth of the uterus.
  • noun A symptom or sign or a group of symptoms or signs that is evident during a medical examination.
  • noun The fact of being evident or manifest. Used of a disease or condition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A direct perception of something in the future; presension.
  • noun The act, especially the ceremonious act, of presenting a gift, prize, trophy, donation, or the like: as, the presentation of a medal to a fireman; the presentation of a stand of colors to a regiment; the presentation of an organ to a church.
  • noun The act of presenting or offering as for recognition, acceptance, etc.
  • noun That which is presented; a gift; an offering.
  • noun A representation; exhibition; appearance; show; semblance.
  • noun In ecclesiastical law, a patron's act of offering to a bishop, presbytery, or other properly constituted authority a candidate for induction into a benefice. See patronage, 3.
  • noun Hence— The nomination by one ecclesiastical authority of a candidate to be appointed by another. In the Protestant Episcopal Church the right of presentation to the bishop is lodged in the vestry or other parish authorities.
  • noun The right of presenting a clergyman.
  • noun In obstetrics, the appearance of a particular part of the fetus at the superior pelvic strait during labor.
  • noun A cognitive modification of consciousness; an idea; a representation.
  • noun A figurate conception; a product of the imagination.
  • noun A direct percept; a presentative cognition.
  • noun The process of formation of a presentation in sense 7.
  • noun Of Christ in the Temple, a festival celebrated on February 2d, in the Greek, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and some other churches, commonly called the Feast of the Purification: same as Candlemas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of presenting, or the state of being presented; a setting forth; an offering; bestowal.
  • noun exhibition; representation; display; appearance; semblance; show.
  • noun rare That which is presented or given; a present; a gift, .
  • noun (Eccl.) The act of offering a clergyman to the bishop or ordinary for institution in a benefice; the right of presenting a clergyman.
  • noun (Med.) The particular position of the child during labor relatively to the passage though which it is to be brought forth; -- specifically designated by the part which first appears at the mouth of the uterus.
  • noun a copy of a book, engraving, etc., presented to some one by the author or artist, as a token of regard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of presenting, or something presented
  • noun A dramatic performance
  • noun An award given to someone on a special occasion
  • noun A lecture or speech given in front of an audience
  • noun medicine The symptoms and other possible indications of disease, trauma, etc., that are exhibited by a patient who has sought, or has otherwise come to, the attention of a physician, e.g., "Thirty-four-year-old male presented in the emergency room with slight fever, dilated pupils, and marked disorientation."
  • noun medicine The position of the foetus in the uterus at birth
  • noun fencing Offering one's blade for engagement by the opponent
  • noun mathematics The specification of a group by generators and relators.
  • noun The act or right of offering a clergyman to the bishop or ordinary for institution in a benefice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of presenting a proposal
  • noun the act of making something publicly available; presenting news or other information by broadcasting or printing it
  • noun a visual representation of something
  • noun (obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal
  • noun the activity of formally presenting something (as a prize or reward)
  • noun formally making a person known to another or to the public
  • noun a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French presentation (French présentation), from Latin praesentātiōnem, accusative singular of praesentātiō ("representation, exhibition").

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