from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Refusing to give up or let go; persevering obstinately.
- adj. Insistently repetitive or continuous: a persistent ringing of the telephone.
- adj. Existing or remaining in the same state for an indefinitely long time; enduring: persistent rumors; a persistent infection.
- adj. Botany Lasting past maturity without falling off, as the calyx on an eggplant or the scales of a pine cone.
- adj. Zoology Retained permanently, rather than disappearing in an early stage of development: the persistent gills of fishes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Obstinately refusing to give up or let go.
- adj. Insistently repetitive.
- adj. Indefinitely continuous.
- adj. Lasting past maturity without falling off.
- adj. About some data or data structures: existing after the execution of the program. Remaining in existence past the lifetime of the program that creates it.
- adj. Describing a fractal process that has a positive Brown function
- adj. non-transient.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inclined to persist; having staying qualities; tenacious of position or purpose.
- adj. Remaining beyond the period when parts of the same kind sometimes fall off or are absorbed; permanent; ; -- opposed to
deciduous, and caducous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Persisting or continuing in spite of opposition, warning, remonstrance, etc.; refusing to cease or give up some action, course, or pursuit; perservering: as, a persistent beggar; persistent attempts to do something.
- That endures; enduring.
- Specifically— In botany, continuing without withering: opposed to caducous, deciduous, or marcescent: as, a persistent calyx (one remaining after the corolla has withered).
- In zoology, perennial; holding to morphological character, or continuing in functional activity; not degenerate, deciduous, or caducous, as a part or an organ: as, persistent types of structure; the persistent horns of cattle or gills of newts.
- Repeated; continual.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. retained; not shed
- adj. never-ceasing
- adj. stubbornly unyielding
- adj. continually recurring to the mind
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