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presence

1. an invisible spirit felt to be nearby
2. Electronics a recording control that boosts mid-range frequencies
3. (of a recording) a quality that gives the impression that the listener is in the presence of the original source of the sound

presence (and absence)

  1. the immediate social relations of copresence, compared with other actual or potential relations at a distance (absence) - see SOCIAL AND SYSTEM INTEGRATION.
  2. (PHILOSOPHY, LINGUISTICS) the ‘here and now’, location of a ‘knowing subject’ assumed in traditional philosophy.
The method of DECONSTRUCTION employed by DERRIDA is an attack on what he terms the ‘metaphysics of presence’ in traditional philosophy (e.g. in HUSSERL) -the assumption that there is somewhere (e.g. a transcendental knowing subject) a site of immediate certainty. In Derrida's radicalized version of SAUSSURE's linguistics, signification and meaning, including the IDENTITY of the SELF, are always dependent on absence (see DIFFERENCE) and never complete.

presence

[′prez·əns]
(acoustics)
The impression, as created by a recording or radio receiver, that the original program source is in the room.

presence

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 email, 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.
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He further said the goons tried to abduct his daughter but she escaped due to her courage and presence of mind.
I was really eager to come in, and my presence of mind just kicked in.
DC Darran Ford paid tribute to the victim, who has not been named, for "his incredible presence of mind to grab the Wispa bar" before fleeing the house.
The shock of witnessing such a scene is awful enough, but to have the presence of mind and generosity of spirit to help others injured and in danger should definitely be applauded.
It seemed to me that Hyeyoon Park showed amazing presence of mind for someone in her early twenties.
THE Pratapgarh district administration of Uttar Pradesh felicitated Shyama Patel ( 48) on Sunday for her presence of mind that helped save the lives of hundreds of passengers travelling on the Kashi Vishwanath Express ( 14257) on Saturday.
His presence of mind and immediate action resulted in an uncommon situation where Airports Authority of India (AAI) doctors were taken to the ATC tower and interacted with the pilot to advise the best possible emergency treatment that could help the passenger till the plane landed.
Renee-Mai Bolter, just seven at the time, put herself in danger and showed bravery and presence of mind when an attacker took her family hos-Renee-Mai Bolter, just seven at the time, put herself in danger and showed bravery and presence of mind when an attacker took her family hostage in an eight-hour ordeal.
In response to a question from Gulf News, Vinay Kumar, whose delivery De Villiers hit high towards mid-wicket, hailed Lynn's presence of mind to remain inside the boundary and complete the catch.
Walter Benjamin; presence of mind, failure to comprehend.
The unfortunate young woman is in terrible pain, drifting in and out of consciousness, although she does have the presence of mind to try making a phone call - sadly, she's too far underground for her mobile to work.
With presence of mind and outstanding expertise, the pilot controlled the unexpected situation and landed the plane at Lahore airport, averting a massive tragedy, with all passengers remained safe in the incident.