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Definitions

  • an Asiatic Chief is Presented to KhnÛmhotpÛ By Nofirhoptu, and by Khiti, the Superintendent of The Huntsmen
    an Asiatic Chief is Presented to KhnÛmhotpÛ By Nofirhoptu, and by Khiti, the Superintendent of The Huntsmen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj present temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration "the present leader","articles for present use","the present topic","the present system","present observations"
    • adj present being or existing in a specified place "the murderer is present in this room","present at the wedding","present at the creation"
    • v present bring forward and present to the mind "We presented the arguments to him","We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
    • v present recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"
    • v present cause to come to know personally "permit me to acquaint you with my son","introduce the new neighbors to the community"
    • v present formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
    • v present deliver (a speech, oration, or idea) "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"
    • v present present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize "We confronted him with the evidence","He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions","An enormous dilemma faces us"
    • v present represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
    • v present perform (a play), especially on a stage "we are going to stage `Othello'"
    • v present give an exhibition of to an interested audience "She shows her dogs frequently","We will demo the new software in Washington"
    • v present give as a present; make a gift of "What will you give her for her birthday?"
    • v present give, especially as an honor or reward "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
    • v present hand over formally
    • v present introduce "This poses an interesting question"
    • n present a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
    • n present something presented as a gift "his tie was a present from his wife"
    • n present the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech "that is enough for the present","he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

PUSS MAKES A PRESENT TO THE KING PUSS MAKES A PRESENT TO THE KING
A PRESENT FROM THE SULTAN TO LORD ALINGTON A PRESENT FROM THE SULTAN TO LORD ALINGTON
PRESENT DAY PRESENT DAY
AGE 22. AGE 41. PRESENT DAY AGE 22. AGE 41. PRESENT DAY
Present Cathedral, Cologne Present Cathedral, Cologne
JACOB PRESENTED TO PHARAOH JACOB PRESENTED TO PHARAOH
Bringing a present of flowers Bringing a present of flowers
Past and Present Members for Woodstock Past and Present Members for Woodstock

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If someone were to capture and bottle a comet's 10,000-mile vapor trail, the amount of vapor actually present in the bottle would take up less than one cubic inch of space.
    • Present (Gram) A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense.
    • n Present Anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a Christmas present .
    • Present Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent. "These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you."
    • Present Favorably attentive; propitious. "To find a god so present to my prayer."
    • Present Hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts. "Octavia presented the poet for him admirable elegy on her son Marcellus."
    • Present Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident. "A present recompense.""A present pardon.""An ambassador . . . desires a present audience."
    • Present Now existing, or in process; begun but not ended; now in view, or under consideration; being at this time; not past or future; as, the present session of Congress; the present state of affairs; the present instance. "I'll bring thee to the present business"
    • Present (Law) Present letters or instrument, as a deed of conveyance, a lease, letter of attorney, or other writing; as in the phrase, “ Know all men by these presents,” that is, by the writing itself, “ per has literas praesentes; ” -- in this sense, rarely used in the singular.
    • Present Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present. "Past and present, wound in one."
    • Present Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit.
    • n Present (Mil) The position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at present .
    • Present To aim, point, or direct, as a weapon; as, to present a pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of another.
    • v. i Present (Med) To appear at the mouth of the uterus so as to be perceptible to the finger in vaginal examination; -- said of a part of an infant during labor.
    • Present To bring an indictment against .
    • Present To bring or introduce into the presence of some one, especially of a superior; to introduce formally; to offer for acquaintance; as, to present an envoy to the king; (with the reciprocal pronoun) to come into the presence of a superior. "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the lord."
    • Present To exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance. "Lectorides's memory is ever . . . presenting him with the thoughts of other persons."
    • Present To lay before a court as an object of inquiry; to give notice officially of, as a crime of offence; to find or represent judicially; as, a grand jury present certain offenses or nuisances, or whatever they think to be public injuries.
    • Present To lay before a public body, or an official, for consideration, as before a legislature, a court of judicature, a corporation, etc.; as, to present a memorial, petition, remonstrance, or indictment.
    • Present To make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer. "My last, least offering, I present thee now."
    • Present To nominate for support at a public school or other institution .
    • Present To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
    • Present To pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over. "So ladies in romance assist their knight, Present the spear, and arm him for the fight."
    • Present To present; to personate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Shirly Temple received 135,000 presents on her 8th birthday.
    • present Being or abiding, as a person, in this or any specified place; being in view or immediately at hand: opposed to absent.
    • present Present in this sense is often used in addressing a letter which is to be delivered to some one either actually present, or near at hand, as in the same neighborhood or town.
    • present Now existing; being at this time; not past or future: as, the present session of Congress.
    • present Being now in mind, Under consideration.
    • present Actually in consciousness.
    • present Prompt or ready at need.
    • n present Present time; time now passing.
    • n present Present business; an affair in hand.
    • n present The money or other property a person has on hand.
    • n present plural In law, a term used in a deed of conveyance, a lease, letter of attorney, or other document, to express the document itself; this present writing: as in the phrase “Know all men by these presents” (that is. by this very document, by the words here set down); hence, any writ or writing.
    • n present In grammar, the present tense.
    • present At once; immediately; presently.
    • present To bring or introduce into the presence of some one, especially of a superior; recommend for acquaintance; make known: as, to present an envoy to the king; with a reflexive pronoun, to come into the presence of any one.
    • present To show; exhibit; demonstrate; reveal.
    • present To bring or lay before one for acceptance; offer as a gift, generally with formality; make an offer or expression of; hence, to bestow; give: as, to present a ring or a book to a friend; to present one's compliments.
    • present To approach with a gift or offering; give a present to; bestow a gift upon.
    • present To hand over ceremoniously; give in charge or possession, as for use or service.
    • present Eccles., to offer or recommend to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution. See presentation, 5.
    • present To nominate for support at a public school or other institution.
    • present To proffer; offer openly.
    • present To lay before a judge, magistrate, or governing body for action or consideration; submit, as a petition, remonstrance, etc., for decision or settlement to the proper authorities.
    • present To accuse to the authorities; bring a charge against before those having authority to act upon it; lay before a court of judicature, as an object of inquiry; give notice of officially, as for a crime or offense.
    • present To direct; point; level; aim, as a weapon or firearm: as, to present a loaded pistol.
    • present To represent; personate; act.
    • present To make a presentation, particularly to an ecclesiastical office.
    • n present A thing presented or given; a gift.
    • n present (prē˙-zent′ ). [An elliptical use of the verb.] Milit., the position from which a rifle or musket is fired.
    • n present Synonyms Present, Gift, Donation, Gratuity, Largess, Grant. The difference between present and gift is felt in the fact that one may be willing to accept as a present that which he would not be willing to accept as a gift: a gift is to help the one receiving it; a present does him honor, or expresses friendly feeling toward him. A present is therefore ordinarily to an individual; but in law gift is used, to the exclusion of present, as including all transfers of property without consideration and for the benefit of the donee. A donation is of considerable value, and generally made to some public institution: as, a donation of books to a public library. Gratuity emphasizes the fact that the receiver has no legal claim to the gift; it is a gift to an inferior, as a fee to a servant, and generally a small sum: as, a self-respecting man will not expect a gratuity for every little service. Largess is an old word, representing a gift from a superior, especially one high in authority, generally shared by a considerable number. A grant is rarely the act of a private individual, but rather of a sovereign, legislature, or corporation: as, a grant of land to a company.
    • present In obstetrics, to appear first: said of the part of the fetus which is in advance during labor. See presentation, 6.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st Academy Awards were presented in 1927.
    • adj Present being in a certain place—opp. to Absent: now under view or consideration: being at this time: not past or future: ready at hand: attentive: not absent-minded:
    • v.t Present prē-zent′ to set before, to introduce into the presence of: to exhibit to view: to offer as a gift: to put into the possession of another: to make a gift of: to appoint to a benefice: to lay before for consideration: to point, as a gun before firing
    • n Present that which is presented or given, a gift
    • adj Present (gram.) denoting time just now, or making a general statement
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Quotations

  • Arthur Schopenhauer
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    “The present is the only reality and the only certainty.”
  • Lucius C. Lactantius
    Lucius C. Lactantius
    “Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
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    “A friend is a present you give to yourself.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “The future is purchased by the present.”
  • Simone Weil
    Simone%20Weil
    “The future is made of the same stuff as the present.”
  • Lily Walters
    Lily Walters
    “The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.”

Idioms

No time like the present - If people say that there's no time like the present, they believe that it is far better to do something now than to leave it for later, in which case it might never get done.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. présent, L. praesens,-entis, that is before one, in sight or at hand, p. p. of praeesse, to be before; prae, before + esse, to be. See Essence
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. præsentiapræsens, -sentispræ, before, sens, being.

Usage

In literature:

The temptation to leave the ground is ever present in speaking.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
Kathlyn found a presentable carriage, and with her luggage pressing about her feet directed the driver to the Great Eastern Hotel.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Any person who has been presented at court may present a friend in his or her turn.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Some of these have persisted to the present time.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
After formally receiving her, I presented Mrs. Lawes's present.
"Adventures in New Guinea" by James Chalmers
History is the Past, teaching Philosophy to the Present, for the Future.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Cellar wintering is at present general in Minnesota.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
The presents pleased him, and were acknowledged by the counter-present of a fat ram, and by meals sent every day.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
Standing in his present niche of vantage he was at least safe.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
What it can present and how it must present it, depends upon the nature of this vehicle.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
This address was presented to the king at Hampton-court.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
That tradition does not at present seem to stand any imminent danger of being interrupted.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
I'll be all right presently.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
But to him at this present moment the part most frightful was his and her present position.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
The idea that you can have the gold whenever you present the bill gives it its value.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Presently the housewife returned with a gracious affectionate air, and two little gold pieces in her hand.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
She seemed more silent than the common run of women; but this might be because her husband was present.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
Presently there came a familiar echo from the Pornick hunting-ground.
"Kipps" by H. G. Wells
The members of the Academy of Sciences as well as government officials were present on the occasion.
"Mysterious Psychic Forces" by Camille Flammarion
Here, for the present, we draw to a close these desultory notes on the Christian Schools of Alexandria.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
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In poetry:

"Yet, sometimes glimpses on my sight,
Through present wrong, the eternal right;
And, step by step, since time began,
I see the steady gain of man;
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The time that is to come is not;
How can it then be mine?
The present moment's all my lot;
And that, as fast as it is got,
Phyllis, is only thine.
"Love and Life" by Lord John Wilmot
Not to the midnight of the gloomy past,
Do we revert to-day; we look upon
The golden present and the future vast
Whose vistas show us visions of the dawn.
"On The Dedication Of Dorothy Hall" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
And may not we, who are Christ's own Children,
Blotting the present with anxious tears,
Live our joy, and leave to His mercy
The shadowy doubts of future years?
"In The Meadow" by Ella Fraser Weller
Onely the present is thy part and fee.
And happy thou, If, though thou didst not beat thy future brow,
Thou couldst well see
What present things requir'd of thee.
"The Discharge" by George Herbert
He is more present to all things He made
Than anything unto itself can be;
Full-foliaged boughs of Eden could not shade
Afford, since God was also 'neath the tree.
"The measureless gulfs of air are full of Thee" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham received an early 52nd birthday present when he turned on the television Saturday night and saw Arizona had upset Arizona State.
The 12th annual The 24 Hour Plays On Broadway were presented by Montblanc Nov 12 at 8 PM at the American Airlines Theatre.
A 46-year-old woman presented for medical evaluation due to a 2-month history of increasing difficulty in ambulation, especially getting up out of a chair or climbing stairs.
During the American Civil War, prisoners of war presented major logistical, political and humanitarian challenges to both the Union and the Confederacy.
Center Stage Theatre in Shelton will present its annual Teen Musical Theatre Workshop "Broadway Showstoppers" at 8 pm on Nov 2, 3, 9 and 10.
MOUNT VERNON — Doug Mill and Jeffery Carr from ADR & Associates engineering firm crunched some numbers over the weekend and presented their findings to the Knox County Commissioners on Monday.
An appraisal of present knowledge.
The wind that was present during the 1A prelims was gone on Friday replaced by high humidity and temperatures in the upper 80's.
MMM > News > Amylin presents strong results for long-acting Byetta at R&D day.
Cheng to present solo recital Pianist Angela Cheng will present a solo recital Wednesday, Oct 7 at 8 pm in Colton Recital Hall of the Warren M Lee Center for the Fine Arts on The University of South Dakota campus.
They will be presented at the annual Presentation Ball Nov 24 at Cherokee Country Club.
While other corporate hotel execs might swoon over PowerPoint presentations of RevPAR growth and development activity, Doubletree Hotels' Dave Horton relishes presentations of another sort.
We present a case of a 49-year-old woman who presented with left-sided hearing loss of more than 4 years' duration and vertigo since childhood.
Petition candidate Katrina Shealy was not present in the ballot during Tuesdays primary election, but she was present at the polls.
The title of today's presentation is: "The Effect of Presentation Software on Rhetorical Thinking," or "Is Microsoft Powerpoint Taking Over Our Minds.".
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In science:

For completeness we present the full proofs of Kunen’s basic observations, as presented in .
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
After this example we present in Section 3 the general randomness recycler procedure and present a (partial) proof of correctness.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
In addition to the coherent and unified presentation of the classical evolution and quantum generation processes, the slow-roll power spectra in §V can be regarded as new contributions of the present work.
Inflationary spectra in generalized gravity: Unified forms
Recently a similar simplification of the NLS gate was presented which shares the same probability of success as the one presented here.
A simple gate for linear optics quantum computing
Let us recall that present tense connectives are those, whose definition in (TL|TL) does not use temporal connectives, and therefore depends on the present, only.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
This analysis would identify physical operators and the different sectors present in the Hilbert space of the model, stating clearly what symmetries are present and what are violated at quantum level.
Exact Renormalization of Massless QED2
Hence the ob ject of the present paper is to generalize the results of Refs. [6, 7, 8] to the case of an arbitrarily non-uniform density distribution by using a new method which we present below.
Random Distance Distribution for Spherical Objects: General Theory and Applications to n-Dimensional Physics
In this section we only wished to present a theoretical comparison between the sequences produced by the pseudorandom-number-generator algorithms (11)-(19) and the systems described in the present paper.
A mechanism for randomness
The purpose of the present paper is to present a new and simple classification scheme for charged static spherically symmetric perfect fluid solutions.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
In section VI, we present how the leaf-removal algorithm of Bauer and Golinelli [15, 16] fits into the presented scheme.
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
Remark: The reading of the completion of a word present at vertex k will yield many words present at this vertex.
Coassociative grammar, periodic orbits and quantum random walk over Z
We showed that the reading of all the patterns of periodic orbits present at a vertex k yielded all the words of the language F present at k and whose the contraction gave the polynomials in P, Q.
Coassociative grammar, periodic orbits and quantum random walk over Z
The adequacy of the presented theory to describe experiments on tunnel junctions is presented in .
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
Here α and I present the scalar and vector Lagrange invariants, J is frozen-in field, and L presents S -type invariant in terminology of Ref., related to frozen-in surface.
Canonical description of ideal magnetohydrodynamics and integrals of motion
An analogy between Josephson junctions and tunnel junctions between ferromagnetic metals has been presented recently20 which is in the same spirit as the present discussion.
Persistent Spin Currents in Helimagnets
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