[per-pech-oo-uh l] /pərˈpɛtʃ u əl/
continuing or enduring forever; everlasting.
lasting an indefinitely long time:
continuing or continued without intermission or interruption; ceaseless:
a perpetual stream of visitors all day.
blooming almost continuously throughout the season or the year.
a hybrid rose that is perpetual.
a perennial plant.
(usually prenominal) eternal; permanent
(usually prenominal) seemingly ceaseless because often repeated: your perpetual complaints
(horticulture) blooming throughout the growing season or year
(of a crop plant) continually producing edible parts: perpetual spinach
a plant that blooms throughout the growing season
mid-14c., from Old French perpetuel “without end” (12c.) and directly from Latin perpetualis “universal,” in Medieval Latin “permanent,” from perpetuus “continuous, universal,” from perpetis, genitive of Old Latin perpes “lasting,” probably from per- “through” + root of petere “to seek, go to, aim at” (see petition (n.)). Related: Perpetually. Perpetual motion is attested from 1590s.
[per-sis-tuh ns, -zis-] /pərˈsɪs təns, -ˈzɪs-/ noun 1. the act or fact of . 2. the quality of being : You have persistence, I’ll say that for you. 3. continued existence or occurrence: the persistence of smallpox. 4. the continuance of an effect after its cause is removed. /pəˈsɪstəns/ noun 1. the quality of persisting; […]
[per-sis-tuh nt, -zis-] /pərˈsɪs tənt, -ˈzɪs-/ adjective 1. persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering: a most annoyingly persistent young man. 2. lasting or enduring tenaciously: the persistent aroma of verbena; a persistent cough. 3. constantly repeated; continued: persistent noise. 4. Biology. 5. Botany. remaining attached beyond the usual time, as flowers, […]
[non-pur-suh n] /nɒnˈpɜr sən/ noun 1. someone whose existence or presence is not recognized. 2. someone whose existence is denied or ignored by a government, political party, or the like, often as a punishment for disloyalty or dissent and sometimes resulting in the loss of personal liberty; unperson. A former political leader whom a government […]
[non-pur-suh n] /nɒnˈpɜr sən/ noun 1. someone whose existence or presence is not recognized. 2. someone whose existence is denied or ignored by a government, political party, or the like, often as a punishment for disloyalty or dissent and sometimes resulting in the loss of personal liberty; unperson. noun 1. a person regarded as nonexistent […]