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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 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.
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Chandler verified that all people were out of the office--then had the presence of mind to lock the door.
The dancers had the presence of mind to bring a cellular phone with them into the bathroom, so they could summon paramedics, who then worked for more than an hour to free them from the rubble.
Luckily, she had the presence of mind to contact us, and we helped her find a unit that would do the job.
Dustin's quick thinking and presence of mind saved his father's life.
SBut Sophia Ingham proved she is one to have around in a crisis when she had the presence of mind to help save her mum's life.
Sgt Kevin Lette said of Paula and Becca, of Newhaven: "They showed great presence of mind and courage.
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.
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.
Driving on the highways requires a certain amount of maturity, presence of mind and judgement, all of which come with age and experience.
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.
New Delhi, Oct 10 ( ANI ): An alert Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) driver risked his life and showed presence of mind to save several lives near Sangam Vihar's Batra Hospital here on Tuesday.