[ noun ] the state of being absent
"he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"
Used in print(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)
In the absence of a truly adequate conceptuality in which the gospel can be expressed , the unavoidable need to demythologize it makes use of whatever resources are at_hand - and this usually means one or another of the various forms of `` folk religion '' current in the situation .(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)
It is borne_out also by the absence of any developed theory about how sin passes from one generation to the next .(High Fidelity, 11:10...)
This absence of peaky highs and beefed-up bass not_only produces greater fidelity , but it eliminates listener fatigue .(James A. Ibers et al., "Proton magnetic resonance...)
Theoretical studies of the hydrogen_bond generally agree that the **f bond will be linear in the absence of peculiarities of packing in the solid .
However , the possible absence of a center of symmetry not_only moves the hydrogen_atom off **f , but also allows the oxygen atoms to become nonequivalent , with **f at **f and **f at **f ( space group **f ) , where **f represents the oxygens on one side of the **f layers and **f those on the other side .
[ noun ] failure to be present
Used in print(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)
The new Council was itself inescapably of political meaning , which was most clearly revealed in the absence of any U.N.F.P. members and the presence of several Istiqlal leaders .(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)
Psychical blindness is a condition in which there is a total absence of visual memory-images , a condition in which , for_example , one is unable to remember something just seen or to conjure_up a memory-picture of the visible appearance of a well-known friend in his absence .(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)
She looked at the girl speculatively from eyes which had paled with the years ; from the early evening lights of them which had first startled Izaak to look at her in an uncousinly way , they had faded to a near absence of color which had , possibly from her constant looking_at the water , something of the light of the sea in them .
Mark stopped the car and switched_off the lights and they sat looking_at the water , which , there being no moon out , at_first could be distinguished from the sky only by an absence of stars .(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)
This baffling lack of distinct details recalls the secretary whose employer was leaving the office and told her what to answer if anyone called in his absence .
[ noun ] the time interval during which something or somebody is away
"he visited during my absence"