Definitions for: Permanent


[n] a series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and chemicals
[adj] continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place; "permanent secretary to the president"; "permanent address"; "literature of permanent value"
[adj] not capable of being reversed or returned to the original condition; "permanent brain damage"



Webster (1913) Definition: Per"ma*nent, a. [L. permanens, -entis, p. pr. of
permanere to stay or remain to the end, to last; per + manere
to remain: cf. F. permanent. See Per-, and Mansion.]
Continuing in the same state, or without any change that
destroys form or character; remaining unaltered or unremoved;
abiding; durable; fixed; stable; lasting; as, a permanent
impression.

Eternity stands permanent and fixed. --Dryden.

Permanent gases (Chem. & Physics), hydrogen, oxygen,
nitrogen, and carbon monoxide; -- also called
incondensible or incoercible gases, before their
liquefaction in 1877.



Permanent way, the roadbed and superstructure of a finished
railway; -- so called in distinction from the contractor's
temporary way.

Permanent white (Chem.), barium sulphate (heavy spar),
used as a white pigment or paint, in distinction from
white lead, which tarnishes and darkens from the formation
of the sulphide.

Syn: Lasting; durable; constant. See Lasting.

Synonyms: abiding, ageless, enduring, eternal, everlasting, imperishable, indissoluble, irreversible, lasting, perm, permanent wave, perpetual, standing(a), unceasing, unending

Antonyms: impermanent, temporary

See Also: ineradicable, stable, unchangeable, wave

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