- existing perpetually; everlasting, especially without significant change.
- intended to exist or function for a long, indefinite period without regard to unforeseeable conditions: a permanent employee; the permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
- long-lasting or nonfading: permanent pleating; permanent ink.
- Also called permanent wave. a wave or curl that is set into the hair by the application of a special chemical preparation and that remains for a number of months.
Origin of permanent
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Examples from the Web for permanently
The new buildings make them feel claustrophobic, permanently in shadow.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland
September 17, 2014
We are people who, despite ourselves, find ourselves drawn to the sick, the dying, the permanently bruised.The Dirty Secret Doctors Don't Want You To Know
August 22, 2014
Underneath, however, lies the permanently molten lava of Scottish memory and its sense of English repression.Queen Victoria’s Secret Scottish Sex Castle
August 17, 2014
But today, four decades later, America acts as if it is permanently at war with itself.Four Decades of Declining Trust in D.C.
August 11, 2014
An untold number of gay Iranians, like Ali, tire of the harassment, fear and hiding, and leave Iran permanently.A Maple Syrup Mecca for Iran’s Gays
August 10, 2014
Can we expect that this will be suddenly and permanently altered?
If I get the wrong stuff in my eyes it will destroy them permanently.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The piling is left in permanently if it is not wanted again for use.
General Hastings was permanently disabled by a bullet wound in the leg.Cleveland Past and Present
But have we a right to infer that it will permanently assert itself?Freeland
- existing or intended to exist for an indefinite perioda permanent structure
- not expected to change for an indefinite time; not temporarya permanent condition
Word Origin and History for permanently
early 15c., from Middle French permanent (14c.) or directly from Latin permanentem (nominative permanens) "remaining," present participle of permanere "endure, hold out, continue, stay to the end," from per- "through" (see per) + manere "stay" (see mansion). As a noun meaning "permanent wave," by 1909. Of clothing, permanent press attested from 1964.