1. the state of being absent

- he was surprised by the absence of any explanation

Definition categories: state, deficiency, lack, want

2. failure to be present

Definition categories: act, nonattendance

3. the time interval during which something or somebody is away

- he visited during my absence

Definition categories: time, interval

4. 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

Definition categories: state, ictus, raptus, seizure

Sentences with absence as a noun:

- Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

- He had an absence of enthusiasm.

- absence of mind