Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Lasting forever; eternal.
  • adjective Continuing indefinitely or for a long period of time.
  • adjective Persisting too long; tedious.
  • noun God. Used with the.
  • noun Eternal duration; eternity.
  • noun Any of various plants chiefly in the composite family, such as the strawflower, that retain their form and color long after they are dry.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Very; exceedingly: as, everlasting mean.
  • noun Same as large-flowered everlasting.
  • Lasting forever; existing or continuing without end; having infinite duration.
  • Continuing indefinitely long; having no determinable or prospective end; enduring beyond calculation.
  • Recurring without final cessation; happening again and again without end; incessant: as, I am tired of these everlasting disputes.
  • 2 and Interminable, unceasing, uninterrupted, perennial, imperishable.
  • noun Eternity; eternal duration, past and future.
  • noun A strong woolen cloth, now used especially for the tops of boots. Also called lasting and prunella, and formerly durance (which see).
  • noun A common name for plants whose scarious flowers retain their form, color, and brightness long after being gathered.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Eternal duration, past or future; eternity.
  • noun (With the definite article) The Eternal Being; God.
  • noun (Bot.) A plant whose flowers may be dried without losing their form or color
  • noun A cloth fabric for shoes, etc. See Lasting.
  • adjective Lasting or enduring forever; exsisting or continuing without end; immortal; eternal.
  • adjective Continuing indefinitely, or during a long period; perpetual; sometimes used, colloquially, as a strong intensive.
  • adjective Sane as Everlasting, n., 3.
  • adjective an ornamental plant (Lathyrus latifolius) related to the pea; -- so called because it is perennial.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Lasting or enduring forever; existing or continuing without end; immortal; eternal.
  • adjective Continuing indefinitely, or during a long period; perpetual; sometimes used, colloquially, as a strong intensive; as, "this everlasting nonsense".
  • adjective philosophy existing with infinite temporal duration (as opposed to existence outside of time)
  • noun An everlasting flower.
  • noun A cloth fabric for shoes, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
  • adjective continuing forever or indefinitely
  • adjective without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From ever +‎ lasting.

Examples

  • Because the text primarily discusses the fact that good qualities can be developed and faults removed on the basis of the everlasting continuum of the mind as a foundation presently tarnished with fleeting stains, the term everlasting continuum can undoubtedly also imply this meaning.

    Buddha-Nature, Day One of a Discourse on Uttaratantra ��� Part Two: The First Three Verses of Chapter One

  • The term everlasting continuum (tantra) has many meanings.

    Buddha-Nature, Day One of a Discourse on Uttaratantra ��� Part One: Background Discussion

  • Betwixt the country dances they have what I call everlasting jigs.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Drive them up to perfection, and you have that which we call everlasting glory.

    Of Communion with God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost

  • Can you believe that all that goodness, which of necessity comes from God, is to go down into what you call everlasting punishment?

    We Two, a novel

  • He was unable to forget the torment of his puppyhood, wherein everlasting hatred of the black had been woven into the fibres of consciousness; and such a terror did he make himself that Sheldon was forced to shut him up in the living room when, for any reason, strange natives were permitted in the compound.

    Chapter 9

  • Glen Cook liberally uses European High Middle Ages, blending together: crusades, pope (and antipope), Jews, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the King of Spain, Janissaries, ruling noble families of Rome caught in everlasting cloak and dagger games for papacy, corruption of the medieval Catholic Church, catharism and it's centre the Languedoc and last, but not least the Vikings and their pantheon.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Glen Cook liberally uses European High Middle Ages, blending together: crusades, pope (and antipope), Jews, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the King of Spain, Janissaries, ruling noble families of Rome caught in everlasting cloak and dagger games for papacy, corruption of the medieval Catholic Church, catharism and it's centre the Languedoc and last, but not least the Vikings and their pantheon.

    Glen Cook - The Tyranny of the Night (Book Review)

  • There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance that principle is contempt prior to investigation … —

    Think Progress » Sen. Inhofe: ‘Gore Is Full of Crap,’ ‘All Recent Science…Confirms This Thing Is A Hoax’

  • And it is said besides, in many places, that they shall go into "everlasting fire, everlasting torments, everlasting punishments; and that the worm of conscience never dieth"; and all this is comprehended in the word everlasting death, which is ordinarily interpreted

    Leviathan

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