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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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 Timeless design, painstaking craftsmanship, and real wood construction—lending permanence, warmth and meaning to your country home. Country Living, "YOUR HOME DESERVES MORE THAN ORDINARY DOORS," 2 Oct. 2018 The only concrete theme throughout their work—in all degrees of scale and permanence—is twisting the familiar into something surprising and delightful. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018 Phase-change memory seems to offer the best of both worlds: the speed of current RAM with the permanence of a hard disk. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts," 14 Nov. 2018 The challenge is this is a set that stands for permanence and foundation and sturdiness. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "Hamilton’s David Korins Explains What Makes the Smash Hit’s Design So Versatile," 24 May 2018 And in a way, such a ring does give a stamp of permanence, even if the stamp bears a strong resemblance to Bozo the Clown. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Cowardly super teams turning NBA into a laugher," 3 July 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) \

Kids Definition of permanence

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

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