per·​ma·​nence | \ˈpər-mə-nən(t)s, ˈpərm-nən(t)s\

Definition of permanence 

: the quality or state of being permanent : durability

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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 Foster care home gives permanence and hope to young girl who watched her parents struggle with addiction. Keith Bierygolick,, "Addicted, abused and unable to count: a federal lawsuit about damaged kids in Warren County," 12 July 2018 Americans must begin to think differently about the permanence of their homes and the way the country builds its cities. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 The majority — as should be expected — are goalkeepers, the one position where conventional wisdom still decrees that permanence is paramount. Rory Smith, New York Times, "See Jack Run: 227 Premier League Miles, One Deliberate Step at a Time," 30 Mar. 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 \

Kids Definition of permanence

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

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living or existing for a long time

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