Hypertext Webster Gateway: "permanent"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Permanent \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

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: continuing or enduring without marked change in status or
condition or place; "permanent secretary to the
president"; "permanent address"; "literature of
permanent value" [syn: {lasting}] [ant: {impermanent}]
2: not capable of being reversed or returned to the original
condition; "permanent brain damage"
n : a series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and
chemicals [syn: {permanent wave}, {perm}]

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