from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lasting forever; eternal.
- adj. Continuing indefinitely or for a long period of time.
- adj. Persisting too long; tedious: everlasting complaints.
- n. God. Used with the.
- n. Eternal duration; eternity.
- n. Any of various plants, such as the strawflower or one of the genera Anaphalis or Gnaphalium, that retain form and color long after they are dry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lasting or enduring forever; existing or continuing without end; immortal; eternal.
- adj. Continuing indefinitely, or during a long period; perpetual; sometimes used, colloquially, as a strong intensive; as, "this everlasting nonsense".
- adj. existing with infinite temporal duration (as opposed to existence outside of time)
- n. An everlasting flower.
- n. A cloth fabric for shoes, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Lasting or enduring forever; exsisting or continuing without end; immortal; eternal.
- adj. Continuing indefinitely, or during a long period; perpetual; sometimes used, colloquially, as a strong intensive.
- n. Eternal duration, past or future; eternity.
- n. (With the definite article) The Eternal Being; God.
- n. A plant whose flowers may be dried without losing their form or color
- n. A cloth fabric for shoes, etc. See Lasting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- n. Eternity; eternal duration, past and future.
- n. A strong woolen cloth, now used especially for the tops of boots. Also called lasting and prunella, and formerly durance (which see).
- n. A common name for plants whose scarious flowers retain their form, color, and brightness long after being gathered.
- Very; exceedingly: as, everlasting mean.
- n. Same as large-flowered everlasting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
- adj. continuing forever or indefinitely
- adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
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.
The term everlasting continuum (tantra) has many meanings.
Betwixt the country dances they have what I call everlasting jigs.
Drive them up to perfection, and you have that which we call everlasting glory.
Can you believe that all that goodness, which of necessity comes from God, is to go down into what you call everlasting punishment?
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.
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.
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 … —
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
In regard to the meaning of the word everlasting in this place, it is to be observed: