Definitions for presence
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word presence.
the state of being present; current existence
"he tested for the presence of radon"
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"
an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby
the impression that something is present
"he felt the presence of an evil force"
bearing, comportment, presence, miennoun
dignified manner or conduct
the act of being present
The fact or condition of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand;
Any painter can benefit from the presence of a live model from which to draw.
The part of space within one's immediate vicinity.
Bob never said anything about it in my presence.
A quality of poise and effectiveness that enables a performer to achieve a close relationship with his audience.
Despite being less than five foot, she filled up the theatre with her stage presence.
Something (as a spirit) felt or believed to be present.
I'm convinced that there was a presence in that building that I can't explain, which led to my heroic actions.
A company's business activity in a particular market.
The state of being closely focused on the here and now, not distracted by irrelevant thoughts
To make or become present.
Etymology: Through, from praesentia, from praesentem.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: presence, Fr. præsentia, Lat.
To-night we hold a solemn supper,
And I’ll request your presence. William Shakespeare.
The presence of a king engenders love
Amongst his subjects and his loyal friends,
As it disanimates his enemies. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.
The shepherd Dorus answered with such a trembling voice and abashed countenance, and oftentimes so far from the matter, that it was some sport to the young ladies, thinking it want of education, which made him so discountenanced with unwonted presence. Philip Sidney, b. i.
Men that very presence fear,
Which once they knew authority did bear! Daniel.
Thou know’st the law of arms is such,
That, whoso draws a sword in th’ presence ’t’s death. Sha.
I know not by what power I am made bold,
In such a presence here, to plead my thoughts. William Shakespeare.
Wisdom thy sister, and with her did’st play
In presence of th’ Almighty. John Milton.
Perhaps I have not so well consulted the repute of my intellectuals, in bringing their imperfections into such discerning presences. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.
Since clinging cares and trains of inbred fears,
Not aw’d by arms, but in the presence bold,
Without respect to purple or to gold. Dryden.
Look I so pale.
—— Ay; and no man in the presence,
But his red colour hath forsook his cheeks. William Shakespeare.
Odmar, of all this presence does contain,
Give her your wreath whom you esteem most fair. Dryden.
Virtue is best in a body that is comely, and that hath rather dignity of presence, than beauty of aspect. Francis Bacon.
A graceful presence bespeaks acceptance, gives a force to language, and helps to convince by look and posture. Collier.
How great his presence, how erect his look,
How ev’ry grace, how all his virtuous mother
Shines in his face, and charms me from his eyes. Smith.
By them they pass, all gazing on them round,
And to the presence mount, whose glorious view
Their frail amazed senses did confound. Fairy Queen.
An’t please your grace, the two great cardinals
Wait in the presence. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
The lady Anne of Bretagne, passing through the presence in the court of France, and espying Chartier, a famous poet, leaning upon his elbow fast asleep, openly kissing him, said, we must honour with our kiss, the mouth from whence so many sweet verses have proceeded. Henry Peacham.
A good bodily strength is a felicity of nature, but nothing comparable to a large understanding and ready presence of mind. Roger L'Estrange.
Errors, not to be recall’d, do find
Their best redress from presence of the mind,
Courage our greatest failings does supply. Edmund Waller.
To her the sov’reign presence thus reply’d. John Milton.
Presence is the state or quality of being existing, present, or being in a particular place or situation. It refers to the act of being aware, attentive, and engaged in the current moment, environment, or interaction. Presence involves a sense of being physically and mentally available, and having a genuine and active involvement in the present experience.
the state of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand; -- opposed to absence
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
specifically, neighborhood to the person of one of superior of exalted rank; also, presence chamber
the whole of the personal qualities of an individual; person; personality; especially, the person of a superior, as a sovereign
an assembly, especially of person of rank or nobility; noble company
port, mien; air; personal appearence
Etymology: [F. prsence, L. praesentia. See Present.]
Presence is the seventh studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released by Swan Song Records on 31 March 1976. It was written and recorded during a tumultuous time in the band's history, as singer Robert Plant was recuperating from serious injuries he had sustained in a recent car accident. The album received mixed reviews from critics and is also the slowest-selling studio album by the band, only managing to achieve triple-platinum certification in the United States. Nonetheless, guitarist Jimmy Page describes Presence as the band's "most important" album, proving they would continue despite their turmoil.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prez′ens, n. state of being present—opp. of Absence: situation near or within sight, &c., companionship: approach face to face: nearness to the person of a superior: an assembly of great persons: mien: personal appearance: an apparition: calmness, readiness, as of mind: (Shak.) a presence-chamber.—ns. Pres′ence-cham′ber, -room, the chamber or room in which a great personage receives company.—adj. Pres′ent, being in a certain place—opp. to Absent: now under view or consideration: being at this time: not past or future: ready at hand: attentive: not absent-minded: (gram.) denoting time just now, or making a general statement.—n. present time or business: (pl.) the writing of a letter, or a deed of any kind as actually shown at any time: any deed or writing.—adj. Prēsen′tial, having or implying actual presence.—n. Prēsential′ity.—adv. Prēsen′tially.—n. Pres′entness, state of being present.—Presence of mind, a state of mind which enables a person to speak or act with calmness and promptness in circumstances of great and sudden difficulties.—At present, at the present time, now; Real presence, a doctrine or belief that the body and blood of Christ are really and substantially present in the eucharist; The present, the present time. [O. Fr.,—L. præsentia—præsens, -sentis—præ, before, sens, being.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'presence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1219
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Rank popularity for the word 'presence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4503
Rank popularity for the word 'presence' in Nouns Frequency: #589
The numerical value of presence in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of presence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
India sees the presence of any Chinese naval vessel as an intrusion. There is a big ramp-up in their presence, which is clearly intended to send a message to India.
The timeline for a withdrawal down to a embassy center presence, a normalization of our presence in Afghanistan, remains the end of 2016, so that hasn't changed. Our transition out of a combat role has not changed.
Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry - all forms of fear - are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.
In meditation, we can develop awareness. Our identity then shifts from thoughts and emotions to presence. Presence brings the dark into the light. The light is love. When we create from love, the greater good is done. We create heaven on earth. This is the future of mankind. This is spiritual evolution.
We discussed different options for an EU presence, different ways in which the EU can support also through security measures. This could mean also some naval presence.
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- حضور, حArabic
- fianaise, láithreachtIrish
- fianais, làthair, làthaireachdScottish Gaelic
- aanwezigheid, tegenwoordigheidDutch
- prisutnost, prisustvoSerbo-Croatian
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