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

  • noun The act of persisting.
  • noun The state or quality of being persistent; persistency.
  • noun Continuance of an effect after the cause is removed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In electricity, the time-constant of a circuit in which current is beginning to flow; the time required for an electric current to rise to or .634 of its final value.
  • noun The quality of being persistent; steady or firm adherence to or continuance in state, course of action, or pursuit that has been entered upon; especially (of persons), a more or less obstinate perserverance; perserverance notwithstanding opposition, warning, remonstrane, etc.
  • noun 2. The continuance of an effect after the cause which first gave rise to it is removed: as, the persistence of the impression of light on the retina after the luminous object is withdrawn; the persistence of force.

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

  • noun The quality or state of being persistent; staying or continuing quality; hence, in an unfavorable sense, doggedness; obstinacy.
  • noun The continuance of an effect after the cause which first gave rise to it is removed.
  • noun (Physics) The persistence of motion.
  • noun (Physiol.) Visual persistence, or persistence of the visual impression; auditory persistence, etc.

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

  • noun The property of being persistent.
  • noun computer science Of data, continuing to exist after the execution of the program.
  • noun meteorology Continuation of the previous day's weather (particularly temperature and precipitation statistics).

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

  • noun the property of a continuous and connected period of time
  • noun persistent determination
  • noun the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word persistence.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.