|n.||1.||The state of being conscious; knowledge of one's own existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts, etc.|
|2.||Immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any object, state, or sensation. See the Note under Attention.|
And, when the steam
Which overflowed the soul had passed away,
A consciousness remained that it had left.
. . . images and precious thoughts
That shall not die, and can not be destroyed.
|3.||Feeling, persuasion, or expectation; esp., inward sense of guilt or innocence.|
|Noun||1.||consciousness - an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; "he lost consciousness"|
unconsciousness - a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment
|2.||consciousness - having knowledge of; "he had no awareness of his mistakes"; "his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced"; "their intelligence and general knowingness was impressive"|