Definition of Permanent

1. Noun. A series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and chemicals.

Exact synonyms: Perm, Permanent Wave
Generic synonyms: Wave
Derivative terms: Perm

2. Adjective. Continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place. "Literature of permanent value"

3. Adjective. Not capable of being reversed or returned to the original condition. "Permanent brain damage"
Similar to: Irreversible

Definition of Permanent

1. a. 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.

Definition of Permanent

1. Adjective. Without end, eternal. ¹

2. Adjective. Lasting for an indefinitely long time. ¹

3. Noun. (colloquial) A chemical hair treatment imparting or removing curliness, whose effects typically last for a period of weeks. ¹

4. Noun. (linear algebra combinatorics) Given an n \times n matrix a_{ij} \,, the sum over all permutations \pi \, of \prod_{i=1}^n{a_{i\pi(i)). ¹

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Definition of Permanent

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Permanent

1. Continuing or enduring (as the same state, status, place) without fundamental or marked change: not subject to fluctuation or alteration: fixed or intended to be fixed: lasting, stable. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Permanent

permanent (current term)
permanent-press fabric
permanent callus
permanent cartilage
permanent dirt
permanent dominant idea
permanent injunction
permanent magnet
permanent marker
permanent pedicle flap
permanent press
permanent residency
permanent resident
permanent residents

Literary usage of Permanent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1874)
"The difficulty becomes more obvious, though not more serious, when the relations in question are not merely themselves permanent, as are those between ..."

2. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1908)
"IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING permanent BRIDGES. A large proportion of existing bridges, as well as many of those now being built, are only temporary structures, ..."

3. Proceedings by Institution of Municipal Engineers, London, Incorporated Association of Municipal and County Engineers, Association of Municipal and Sanitary Engineers and Surveyors (1901)
"To successfully design tramway permanent way necessitates the most careful consideration of a multiplicity of small details, many of which may, ..."

4. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"Insanity a permanent form of disorganization, introduced in many cases by dissociation and settling into an abnormal reorganization. ..."

5. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (1883)
"SI was a boy, there was but one permanent ambition among my comrades in our village' on the wast bank of the Mississippi ..."

6. The Elasticity and Resistance of the Materials of Engineering by William Hubert Burr (1883)
"permanent Set. One of the most important and valuable characteristics of any solid ... It is measured by the permanent " set)" or stretch, in the case of a ..."

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