- An example of presence is what is requested when you get an invitation to a wedding.
- An example of presence is what is felt when there is a ghost in the house.
- the fact or condition of being present; existence, occurrence, or attendance at some place or in some thing
- immediate surroundings, or vicinity within close view, of a person: admitted to his presence
- a person or thing that is present, esp. a person of high station or imposing appearance
- a person's bearing, personality, or appearance
- impressive bearing, personality, etc. characterized by poise, confidence, etc., often specif. that of a performer before an audience (stage presence)
- an influence or a supernatural or divine spirit felt to be present
- the quality of sound reproduction with reference to the degree of the apparent reality of the sound
- Archaic people present; an assemblage
- Obs. presence chamber
Origin of presenceOld French from Classical Latin praesentia from praesens: see present, adjective
- The state or fact of being present; current existence or occurrence: a student's presence in class; the presence of toxins in the blood.
- The area immediately surrounding a great personage, especially a sovereign: in the king's presence.
- A person who is present, especially in an impressive way: She was a presence in our lives.
- a. A person's bearing, especially when it commands respectful attention: “He continues to possess the presence, mental as well as physical, of the young man” ( Brendan Gill )b. The quality of self-assurance and effectiveness that permits a performer to achieve a rapport with the audience: stage presence.
- A supernatural influence felt to be nearby: felt a presence during the séance.
- The people, especially diplomats or troops, stationed by a government in a foreign country: our diplomatic presence in that nation's capital.
- 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
(third-person singular simple present presences, present participle presencing, simple past and past participle presenced)
- (philosophy) To make or become present.
Through Old French presence, from Latin praesentia (“a being present"), from praesentem.
presence - Computer Definition
See presence technology.
In an instant messaging (IM) system, it is the status of a person's current availability (online, idle, offline, etc.). The status can be changed by the user or set automatically by the IM client after a certain amount of time without keyboard or mouse activity. "Unified communications" requires presence across all the applications and devices the user might communicate with, including e-mail, instant messaging, office phone, smartphone and tablet. "Rich presence" implies conveying more information about the user's current status, including type of device being used and its operating environment, location and local time and any other messages the user might wish to announce. See unified communications, IMPP, XMPP and buddy list.