To withhold from being present.
To take or withdraw (one's self) to such a distance as to prevent intercourse; -- used with the reflexive pronoun.
Not existing; lacking; as, the part was rudimental or absent.
Inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied; as, an absent air.
Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
absence \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 a state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.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.