from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being without beginning or end; existing outside of time. See Synonyms at infinite.
- adj. Continuing without interruption; perpetual.
- adj. Forever true or changeless: eternal truths.
- adj. Seemingly endless; interminable. See Synonyms at ageless, continual.
- adj. Of or relating to spiritual communion with God, especially in the afterlife.
- n. Something timeless, uninterrupted, or endless.
- n. God. Used with the.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lasting forever; unending.
- adj. existing outside time; as opposed to sempiternal, existing within time but everlastingly
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Without beginning or end of existence; always existing.
- adj. Without end of existence or duration; everlasting; endless; immortal.
- adj. Continued without intermission; perpetual; ceaseless; constant.
- adj. Existing at all times without change; immutable.
- adj. Exceedingly great or bad; -- used as a strong intensive.
- n. One of the appellations of God.
- n. That which is endless and immortal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Existing without beginning or end of existence; existing throughout all time.
- Having a beginning but no end of existence or duration; everlasting; endless; imperishable: as, eternal fame.
- In a special metaphysical use, existing outside of all relations of time; independent of all time-conditions; not temporal.
- By hyperbole, having no recognized or perceived end of existence; indefinite in duration; perpetual; ceaseless; continued without intermission.
- “married to immortal verse,”
- It is sometimes applied to God (1 Tim. i. 17). Perpetual points to the future, and applies especially to that which is established: as, a perpetual covenant, desolation, feud. It is freely applied to anything that lasts indefinitely. All the four words are often used by hyperbole for that which has long duration. See incessant.
- n. That which is everlasting.
- n. Eternity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. continuing forever or indefinitely
- adj. tiresomely long; seemingly without end
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin aeternālis, from Latin aeternus; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin aeternalis, from Latin aeternus ("eternal"), from aevum ("age"). (Wiktionary)