Permanent Definition

pûrmə-nənt
adjective
Lasting or intended to last indefinitely without change.
Webster's New World
Not expected to change in status, condition, or place.
A permanent address; permanent secretary to the president.
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Lasting a relatively long time.
Webster's New World

Without end, eternal.

Nothing in this world is truly permanent.
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noun
A hair wave that is produced as by applying chemical preparations and that remains even after the hair is washed.
Webster's New World

A chemical hair treatment imparting or removing curliness, whose effects typically last for a period of weeks; a perm.

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(linear algebra, combinatorics) Given an matrix , the sum over all permutations of .
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verb

(dated) To perm (the hair).

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Synonyms:
perpetuate

Other Word Forms of Permanent

Noun

Singular:
permanent
Plural:
permanents

Origin of Permanent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin permanēns permanent- present participle of permanēre to endure per- throughout per– manēre to remain men-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Used in English since 15th century, from Middle French permanent, from Latin permanens, from permanÄ“o (“I stay to the end").

    From Wiktionary

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