from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A permanent.
  • transitive v. To give (hair) a permanent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A permanent.
  • n. A permanent wave.
  • v. To give hair a perm, using heat, chemicals etc.

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

  • v. give a permanent wave to
  • n. a series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and chemicals
  • n. a city in the European part of Russia


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