ab·sence /ˈæbsṇs/ 名詞
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 A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.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. --Phil. 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. --Landor.
n 1: the state of being absent; "he was surprised by the absence
of any explanation" [ant: presence]
2: failure to be present [ant: presence]
3: the time interval during which something or somebody is
away; "he visited during my absence"
4: epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief
clouding of consciousness (a possible other abnormalities)
[syn: petit mal epilepsy]