|1.||[ noun ] the state of being absent|
"he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"
|Related terms:||presence lack nonoccurrence awayness|
|2.||[ noun ] failure to be present|
|Related terms:||presence nonattendance absenteeism default cut absent|
|3.||[ noun ] the time interval during which something or somebody is away|
"he visited during my absence"
|4.||[ noun ] (medicine) epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (a possible other abnormalities)|
|Related terms:||epilepsy subclinical_absence pure_absence complex_absence|