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Definitions for permanent
ˈpɜr mə nəntper·ma·nent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. permanent wave, permanent, permadjective

    a series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and chemicals

  2. permanent, lastingadjective

    continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place

    "permanent secretary to the president"; "permanent address"; "literature of permanent value"

  3. permanentadjective

    not capable of being reversed or returned to the original condition

    "permanent brain damage"


  1. permanentnoun

    A wave or curl in the hair that lasts for months and is made durable by treating the hair with chemicals when it is curled.


  1. permanentnoun

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

  2. permanentnoun

    Given an matrix , the sum over all permutations of .

  3. permanentadjective

    Without end, eternal.

    Nothing in this world is truly permanent.

  4. permanentadjective

    Lasting for an indefinitely long time.

    The countries are now locked in a permanent state of conflict.

  5. Etymology: From permanent, from permanens (continuing), from permanēo (to stay to the end). Used in English since 15th century.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PERMANENTadjective

    Durable; not decaying; unchanged.

    Etymology: permanent, Fr. permanens, Lat.

    If the authority of the maker do prove unchangeableness in the laws which God hath made, then must all laws which he hath made be necessarily forever permanent, though they be but of circumstance only. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 10.

    That eternal duration should be at once, is utterly unconceivable, and that one permanent instant should be commensurate or rather equal to all successions of ages. More.

    Pure and unchang’d, and needing no defence
    From sins, as did my frailer innocence;
    Their joy sincere, and with no more sorrow mixt,
    Eternity stands permanent and fixt. Dryden.


  1. Permanent

    Permanent is a song recorded by American rock singer David Cook. Written by Cook, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Raine Maida, its lyrics make allusions to Cook's late brother, Adam, who had battled with brain cancer before his death from this disease. The song was performed on the finale of season 8 of the TV show American Idol, and the performance then released onto iTunes as a charity single via RCA Records on May 18, 2009. It also appears on his debut studio album, David Cook (2008). All proceeds from iTunes sales of the American Idol finale performance of the song will go to ABC2 (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).


  1. permanent

    Permanent refers to something that is intended to last indefinitely or is expected to remain unchanged for a significant period of time. It implies a lack of temporary or transient qualities and suggests durability, stability, and longevity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Permanentadjective

    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


  1. Permanent

    The permanent of a square matrix in linear algebra is a function of the matrix similar to the determinant. The permanent, as well as the determinant, is a polynomial in the entries of the matrix. Both permanent and determinant are special cases of a more general function of a matrix called the immanant.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Permanent

    pėr′ma-nent, adj. lasting: durable: not subject to change: not to be removed: (zool.) always present.—ns. Per′manence, Per′manency, state or quality of being permanent: continuance in the same state, position, &c.: unlikelihood of change: duration.—adv. Per′manently.—Permanent way, the finished road of a railway. [Fr.,—L. permanēreper, through, manēre, to continue.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'permanent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2268

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'permanent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3137

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'permanent' in Adjectives Frequency: #296

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of permanent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of permanent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of permanent in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Johnson:

    Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    One of our goals in the upcoming Build Back Better plan is to extend this way beyond December 31. Many of us would like to make this permanent, but we're going to extend it. It will be extended for sure, for a very a significant amount of time, and we will see if we will get the permanence we are fighting for, so this is very, very important for everybody.

  3. Tom Barrett:

    It’s no surprise the Cheney family is joining her, and it exposes the permanent Washington establishment's War-First, America-Last agenda. Slotkin can keep Cheney while I work to keep America out of senseless wars.

  4. Harsh Malik:

    Performance Is Worth A Fortune Than Promises. Persistence is far more important than perfection. Possibilities are for winners as problems are for quitters. Quality of your preparation determines the quality of your PERFORMANCE. reaching the goal is not a problem. problem is not having a goal at all. Scores are temporary, education is permanent. Make the best of it. season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.

  5. Shah Rukh Khan:

    Success and failure are both part of life. Both are not permanent.

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