Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Want; destitution; withdrawal.
Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind.
A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.
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\ab"sence\ (&?;), n. [f., fr. l. absentia. see absent.]
1. a state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence. not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence. ii. 12.
2. want; destitution; withdrawal. "in the absence of conventional law."
3. inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind. "reflecting on the little absences and distractions of mankind." to conquer that abstraction which is called absence.
absence without leave
leave of absence
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The fact of not being present or available.
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The lack of something increases the desire for it.
Used in Francis Davidson's Poetical Rhapsody, 1602. Also in Thomas Haynes Bayly's (1797-1839) Isle of Beauty. 'Absence makes the heart grow fonder, Isle of Beauty, Fare thee well!'.
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To grieve over the absence of any one in your dreams, denotes that repentance for some hasty action will be the means of securing you life-long friendships.
If you rejoice over the absence of friends, it denotes that you will soon be well rid of an enemy.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project