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1    existing or intended to exist for an indefinite period  
a permanent structure     
2    not expected to change for an indefinite time; not temporary  
a permanent condition     
     (C15: from Latin permanens continuing, from permanere to stay to the end, from per- through + manere to remain)  
  permanently      adv  

Permanent Court of Arbitration  
      n      the official name of the       Hague Tribunal  
permanent hardness  
      n     (Chem)   hardness of water that cannot be removed by boiling as it results mainly from the presence of calcium and magnesium chlorides and sulphates  
permanent health insurance  
      n   a form of insurance that provides up to 75 per cent of a person's salary, until retirement, in case of prolonged illness or disability  
permanent magnet  
      n   a magnet, often of steel, that retains its magnetization after the magnetic field producing it has been removed  
  permanent magnetism      n  
permanent press  
a    a chemical treatment for clothing that makes the fabric crease-resistant and sometimes provides a garment with a permanent crease or pleats  
b    (as modifier)  
permanent-press skirts     
permanent set  
      n     (Engineering)   the change in shape of a material that results when the load to which it is subjected causes the elastic limit to be exceeded and is then removed  
permanent wave  
      n      another name (esp. formerly) for       perm   1       1  
permanent way  
      n     (Chiefly Brit)   the track of a railway, including the ballast, sleepers, rails, etc.  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


abiding, constant, durable, enduring, eternal, everlasting, fixed, immovable, immutable, imperishable, indestructible, invariable, lasting, long-lasting, perennial, perpetual, persistent, stable, steadfast, unchanging, unfading  
   brief, changing, ephemeral, finite, fleeting, impermanent, inconstant, momentary, mortal, passing, short-lived, temporary, transitory, variable  

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