— permanently , adv. — permanentness , n.
/perr"meuh neuhnt/ , adj.
1. existing perpetually; everlasting, esp. without significant change.
2. 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.
3. long-lasting or nonfading: permanent pleating; permanent ink.
4. 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.
[ 1400-50; late ME permanent- (s. of permanens ), prp. of permanere to remain. See PER-, REMAIN, -ENT ]
Syn. 1. stable, invariable, constant.
Ant. 1. temporary; inconstant.