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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
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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.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000

presence

[′prez·əns]
(acoustics)
The impression, as created by a recording or radio receiver, that the original program source is in the room.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Instead, actually, with her other hand, called 911 on her cell phone." Once the SWAT team came in, its members were still trying to clear the theater, and Stephanie, with the help of others, carried Allie across two parking lots to a waiting ambulance, Obama said, "and because of Stephanie's timely actions, I just had a conversation with Allie downstairs, and she is going to be fine." "I do not know how many people at any age would have the presence of mind that Stephanie did, or the courage that Allie showed," Obama said.
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I applaud the council (or whoever is responsible) for having the presence of mind to put these events on.
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We will be presenting her with a memento to remind her of the incredible courage and presence of mind she showed that night."
SSgt Kent's situational awareness and presence of mind prevented possible contamination of the local water supply, averted an emergency evacuation of the alert E-4B aircraft, and ensured the safety of an $850 million Air Force asset.
For a young girl that age to have the presence of mind and selflessness to say that is truly amazing.
Overwhelmingly so, as Douglas Mattern shows in "The Five Minutes that Saved the World." The Cold War could have become nuclear Armageddon on September 26, 1983, had it not been for the presence of mind of one courageous Soviet officer.
We intend to provide polished, concierge-style security guards who have the training and presence of mind not only to prevent intruders from entering a building but also to provide effective emergency medical care for residents.
Lavallee says contractors must have the presence of mind to ask where their anchor points are to hook up their lanyard, but it's still the responsibility of the on-site supervisor to point out the risks and hazards.
Throughout the tragic episode, young Jeremiah demonstrated a maturity, presence of mind, and bravery that saved two lives.

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