Definitions of presence

  1. 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"
  2. the state of being present; current existence; " he tested for the presence of radon"
  3. the act of being present
  4. the impression that something is present; " he felt the presence of an evil force"
  5. an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby
  6. 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.
  7. Specifically, neighborhood to the person of one of superior of exalted rank; also, presence chamber.
  8. An assembly, especially of person of rank or nobility; noble company.
  9. Port, mien; air; personal appearence.
  10. The state of being in a certain place; nearness; immediate neighborhood; as, in the presence of danger; one's appearance or bearing as, a girl of pleasing presence; all the qualities that make a person what he is.
  11. State of being present ( opp. of ABSENCE): situation within sight, etc.: approach face to face: the person of a superior: the persons assembled before a great person: mien: personal appearance: calmness, readiness, as of mind.
  12. State of being present; nearness; personal appearance; readiness, as of mind.
  13. The state of being present; personal appearance; bearing.
  14. The existence of a person or thing in a certain place near or in company; approach face to face; state of being in view; sight; persons present before a great person; the person of a superior; the apartment in which a prince shows himself to his court; mien; personal appearance; demeanour. Real presence, the real existence of the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist. Presence of mind, a calm, collected state of mind.
  15. The state of being present; approach face to face; the opposite to absence; the situation within sight or call; neighbourhood, without the intervention of anything that forbids intercourse; state of being in the view of a superior; air; mien; demeanour.

Usage examples for presence

  1. All this was said in the boy's presence. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  2. Keep me from the presence of that bad man! – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
  3. From that hour she was my child, and could work happily in my presence. – Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class and Moral Culture of Infancy. by Elizabeth P. Peabody Mary Mann
  4. Your presence of mind has saved us both! – Cruel As The Grave by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  5. I felt it- felt all this from the moment I came into his presence. – Tarrano the Conqueror by Raymond King Cummings
  6. Your presence there, just now, is the one important thing, whatever happens afterwards. – Susy, A Story of the Plains by Bret Harte
  7. He had forgotten her presence apparently, and was speaking more to himself than to her as he stood looking down at the medal in his hand. – Gallegher and Other Stories by Richard Harding Davis
  8. You were always nervous in the presence of women, I know. – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  9. It was Wyndham's presence that in three weeks had brought about the change. – Audrey Craven by May Sinclair
  10. His presence was immediately desired in town: Lord Monmouth was dead. – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
  11. You have already told me that Miss Decie's presence is necessary to your happiness. – The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby
  12. I have never seen him, but I have heard him and felt him- felt his presence, I mean. – Bat Wing by Sax Rohmer
  13. Sir, I beg your pardon- but- I was not very well; besides I did not think my presence there was necessary. – The Man Of The World (1792) by Charles Macklin
  14. But please do not trouble me with your presence. – The Cow Puncher by Robert J. C. Stead
  15. No more from yose at presence. – Vacation with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed
  16. She denied her presence in the room, yet we now know she was there. – The Gold Bag by Carolyn Wells
  17. Only Ian felt his presence. – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  18. Yes;- the ladies were at home, and he found himself at once in Lady Tringle's presence. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope