[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.
noun, Roman Catholic Church. 1. uninterrupted adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
noun 1. a calendar devised to be used for many years, as in determining the day of the week on which a given date falls. 2. a desk calendar with months, days, and dates that can be changed, as by adjusting various dials, so that it may be used over and over for many years.
noun, Chess. 1. a continuing series of checks resulting in a drawn game because they cannot be halted or evaded without resulting in checkmate or a serious disadvantage. 2. the situation in which this occurs. noun 1. (chess) a consecutive series of checks that the checked player cannot avoid, leading to a drawn game
- Perpetual debenture
noun 1. a bond or debenture that can either never be redeemed or cannot be redeemed on demand