Noun absence has 4 senses
  1. absence - the state of being absent; "he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"
    --1 is a kind of
    lack, deficiency, want
    Antonyms: presence
    --1 has particulars: nonoccurrence; awayness
  2. absence - failure to be present
    --2 is a kind of
    Antonyms: presence
    --2 has particulars: cut; default; absenteeism
    Derived form: verb absent1
  3. absence - the time interval during which something or somebody is away; "he visited during my absence"
    --3 is a kind of
    time interval, interval
  4. petit mal epilepsy, absence - epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (a possible other abnormalities)
    --4 is a kind of epilepsy
    --4 has particulars:
     complex absence; pure absence, simple absence; subclinical absence