American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lasting for eternity.
- adj. Continuing or lasting for an indefinitely long time.
- adj. Instituted to be in effect or have tenure for an unlimited duration: a treaty of perpetual friendship.
- adj. Continuing without interruption. See Synonyms at continual.
- adj. Flowering throughout the growing season.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Continuing for ever in future time; destined to continue or be continued through the ages; everlasting: as, a perpetual covenant; a perpetual statute.
- Continuing or continued without intermission; uninterrupted; continuous; continual. as, a perpetual stream; the perpetual action of the heart and arteries; a vow of perpetual poverty.
- Synonyms Everlasting, Immortal, etc. (see eternal), unceasing, ceaseless, unfailing, perenuial, enduring, permanent, lasting, endless, everlasting.
- 2. Continual, Incessant, etc. (see incessant), constant.
- n. A perennial plant, especially a rose which blooms every month of the year.
- adj. Lasting forever, or for an indefinitely long time
- adj. Set up to be in effect or have tenure for an unlimited duration
- adj. Continuing uninterrupted
- adj. Flowering throughout the growing season
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Neverceasing; continuing forever or for an unlimited time; unfailing; everlasting; continuous.
- adj. uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
- adj. continuing forever or indefinitely
- From Latin perpetualis ("universal"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English perpetuel, from Old French, from Latin perpetuālis, from perpetuus, continuous : per-, per- + petere, to go toward; see pet- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We have heard from time to time of the term perpetual motion.”
“Taken literally, the term perpetual motion refers to movement that goes on forever.”
“There are often humorous passages, for the Altrurians are inextinguishably amused by our illogicality, and what they call the perpetual _non sequiturs_ of our lives and laws.”
“For this bahar of cloves, the Dutch give fifty dollars, pursuant to what they term their perpetual contract; but, for the more readily obtaining some loading, I agreed to pay them sixty dollars.”
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