absence

Absence is the state of not being someplace, like school. It can also refer to the amount of time something has been, or plans to be gone.

We most commonly think of absence as the opposite of present in places school, but really it can refer to anything that's missing or something that's lacking. Darkness is an absence of light, and cold is an absence of heat. The figure of speech "absence makes the heart grow fonder" means "when my beloved isn't here, my feelings for them get even stronger" or "when something's gone, you want it even more."

Primary Meanings of absence

1.
n
the state of being absent
2.
n
the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy
Full Definitions of absence
1

n the state of being absent

“he was surprised by the absence of any explanation”
Antonyms:
presence
the state of being present; current existence
Types:
nonoccurrence
absence by virtue of not occurring
awayness
the state of being elsewhere than in particular place
Type of:
deficiency, lack, want
the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

n failure to be present

Antonyms:
presence
the act of being present
Types:
cut
an unexcused absence from class
default
loss due to not showing up
absenteeism
habitual absence from work
Type of:
nonattendance
the failure to attend

n the time interval during which something or somebody is away

“he visited during my absence
Type of:
interval, time interval
a definite length of time marked off by two instants
2

n the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy

Synonyms:
absence seizure
Types:
complex absence
an absence seizure accompanied by other abnormalities (atonia or automatisms or vasomotor changes)
pure absence, simple absence
an absence seizure without other complications; followed by 3-per-sec brainwave spikes
subclinical absence
a transient impairment of cortical function demonstrable only by 3-per-second brainwave spikes
Type of:
ictus, raptus, seizure
a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease

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