- Presence is defined as the physical act of being somewhere or an influence or spirit of someone who is in a place but not seen.
- 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.
presence definition by Webster's New World
- 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 ()
- 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
- Obsolete presence chamber
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin praesentia ; from praesens: see present,
presence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The state or fact of being present; current existence or occurrence.
- Immediate proximity in time or space.
- The area immediately surrounding a great personage, especially a sovereign.
- A person who is present.
- 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.
- The diplomatic, political, or military influence of a nation in a foreign country, especially as evidenced by the posting of its diplomats or its troops there: “The American diplomatic presence in London began in 1785 when John Adams became our first minister” (Nancy Holmes).
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, IM, office phone, cellphone and PDA. "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 of user and any other messages the user might wish to announce. See unified communications, IMPP, XMPP and buddy list.