1. A state of being away or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; the period of being away.
  2. Failure to be present where one is expected, wanted, or needed; nonattendence; deficiency. <ref name=SOED/>
  3. Lack; deficiency; nonexistence. <ref name=SOED/>
  4. Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind). <ref name=SOED/>
  5. Temporary loss or disruption of consciousness, with sudden onset and recovery, and common in epilepsy. <ref name=SOED/>
  6. Lack of contact between blades.

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