per·​ma·​nence | \ ˈpər-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce permanence (audio) , ˈpərm-nən(t)s\

Definition of permanence

: the quality or state of being permanent : durability

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With overhead clerestories flowing with natural light the feeling is permanence in a new-fashioned way. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Best Architecture of 2018: Building for Complex Experiences," 14 Dec. 2018 Bobby, the officer, found a letter Corey had sent him and got his signature tattooed on his arm; the permanence helped him find peace. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 The decisions that often make me the most nervous are the ones with a sense of permanence, things that are really hard to understand or fully know the scale of, like the exterior finish on a house. Joanna Saltz, House Beautiful, "5 Interior Designers Reveal the Risks That Could've Failed Spectacularly—And How They Survived," 11 Mar. 2019 But permanence would keep the pressure on liberal states to reform their tax codes. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Election Tax Divide," 16 Sep. 2018 Changes to the Facebook apps Zuckerberg said that Facebook is basing its evolution on several principles: private interactions, encryption, reducing permanence, safety, interoperability, and securing data storage. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Zuckerberg, Facebook commit to building 'privacy focused platform,' dodging ads and fake news," 6 Mar. 2019 Joan Smalls' selfie found its permanence through a wash of light that enhanced gaze and complexion alike, while influencer Tina Leung's commitment to self-care was, quite literally, out of this world. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Meet the Extreme Lashes of the Future (and More!)," 25 Nov. 2018 Big factories project an air of solidity and permanence, one reason why states and cities offer millions and even billions of dollars of incentives to attract them. Joshua B. Freeman, Time, "Global Lessons From the Rise and Fall of History's Biggest Factories," 27 Feb. 2018 Credit: Nvidia To create this system Nvidia’s engineers had to work around a number of challenges, the biggest of which was object permanence. James Vincent, The Verge, "Nvidia has created the first video game demo using AI-generated graphics," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of permanence

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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per·​ma·​nence | \ ˈpər-mə-nəns How to pronounce permanence (audio) \

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: the quality or state of lasting forever or for a long time

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