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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

permanent \permanent\ n.

1. 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.

Syn: permanent wave. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Permanent \Per"ma*nent\, adjective [L. permanens, -entis, p. pr. of permanere to stay or remain to the end, to last; per + manere to remain: cf. F. permanent. See {Per-}, and {Mansion}.] 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.

Eternity stands permanent and fixed. --Dryden.

{Permanent gases} (Chem. & Physics), hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon monoxide; -- also called {incondensible gases} or {incoercible gases}, before their liquefaction in 1877. The term is now archaic.

{Permanent way}, the roadbed and superstructure of a finished railway; -- so called in distinction from the contractor's {temporary way}.

{Permanent white} (Chem.), barium sulphate ({heavy spar}), used as a white pigment or paint, in distinction from {white lead}, which tarnishes and darkens from the formation of the sulphide.

Syn: Lasting; durable; constant. See {Lasting}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place; "permanent secretary to the president"; "permanent address"; "literature of permanent value" [syn: {permanent}, {lasting}] [ant: {impermanent}, {temporary}]

2: not capable of being reversed or returned to the original condition; "permanent brain damage"


1: a series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and chemicals [syn: {permanent wave}, {permanent}, {perm}]

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