• WordNet 3.6
    • n persistence the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior "his perseveration continued to the point where it was no longer appropriate"
    • n persistence persistent determination
    • n persistence the property of a continuous and connected period of time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest hiccups on record was by an American pig farmer whose hiccups persisted from 1922 to 1987
    • Persistence The persistence of motion.
    • Persistence The continuance of an effect after the cause which first gave rise to it is removed
    • Persistence The quality or state of being persistent; staying or continuing quality; hence, in an unfavorable sense, doggedness; obstinacy.
    • Persistence Visual persistence, or persistence of the visual impression; auditory persistence, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The correct name for the capital city of Thailand is rung Thep, and it's been this way for over 130 years. Foreigners persist on calling it Bangkok.
    • n persistence 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.
    • n persistence 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gave rise to it is removed: as, the persistence of the impression of light on the retina after the luminous object is withdrawn; the persistence of force.
    • n persistence 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Persistence quality of being persistent: perseverance: obstinacy: duration, esp. of an effect after the exciting cause has been removed
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  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.”
  • Herbert Kaufman
    Herbert Kaufman
    “Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Failure is the path of least persistence”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred.”
  • Edward Eggleston
    Edward Eggleston
    “Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.”
  • Woody Hayes
    Woody Hayes
    “Paralyze resistance with persistence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Persistent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. persistĕreper, through, sistĕre, to cause to stand—stāre, to stand.


In literature:

If he persists in saying to me what he likes, he'll be hearing things that he don't like.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
These and other less probable possible causes are canvassed by Oswald with much tact and persistence.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
But even in the adult the desire for play powerfully persists.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
And though he strove to put all his belief in her word about herself, he was conscious of a persistent doubt, and was angered by it.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Persist in these efforts for at least an hour before deciding to resort to other and more dangerous modes of treatment.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The Scotch-Irish blood carries a mighty persistent corpuscle.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
To her utter surprise Mrs. Mangenborn still persisted.
"The Music Master" by Charles Klein
The fragrance persisted; the ghastly smell of mould and corruption was gone.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
The Princess made no movement or sign; the grim smile persisted on her lips.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Persistency.+ Asiatic fixity of the mores is extreme, but the element of persistency in the mores is always characteristic of them.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner

In poetry:

All night the sound had
come back again,
and again falls
this quite, persistent rain.
"The Rain" by Robert Creeley
I held my words because there grew
About my life persistent pride;
And you were loved, who never knew
What love could hide!
"At Dusk" by Henry Kendall
And then he sings; the little room
Is full of his persistent glee;
I almost fancy that the gloom
Trembles, so loud of voice is he.
"The Cricket's Song" by Alexander Anderson
The lesser favourites of the place
At dinner keep their distance;
But by my chair one grizzled face
Begs on with brave persistence.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
Ah! why for ever on the wing
Persists my wearied soul to roam?
Why, ever cheated, strives to bring
Or pleasure or contentment home?
"Ode to Indolence" by William Shenstone
You who can not wear yourselves out
By persisting to successes,
You who can only speak,
Who can not steel yourselves into reiteration;
"The Rest" by Ezra Pound

In news:

Why Engineering, Science Gender Gap Persists.
Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
Steve Whysall explains the organic way to eradicate it as well as eco-friendly strategies for dealing with other persistent weed problems.
But polio persisted, eating up billions of dollars.
Gray squirrels are persistent and clever members of the rodent family.
1.1 This guide is designed to demonstrate the compatibility of topical antimicrobial products and the ability to maintain persistent activity exhibited by products used in health care setting.
Fall-like weather to persist all week.
Forest fires persist in ignoring calendar.
Power Outages Persist In Town, But Farmington Plans To Reopen Schools.
OPEC trimmed its forecast for world oil demand growth in 2013 due to a slowing global economy and said it expected a trend for ample supply to persist, reinforcing its message that producers are doing enough to tackle high prices.
Psychiatric Disorders Often Persist in Juvenile Offenders.
Pirates 2, Reds 1: Reds' scoring struggles persist in loss to Pirates.
Fewer Philly schools ' persistently dangerous'.
THE NUMBER of " persistently dangerous" schools in the Philadelphia School District has dropped for the second year in a row, according to statistics released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.
Persistently in the Personal Ensign Invitational.

In science:

Li, Persistent homoclinic orbits for nonlinear Schr¨odinger equation under singular perturbation, Submitted (2001). T.
Melnikov Analysis for Singularly Perturbed DSII Equation
Li et al., Persistent homoclinic orbits for a perturbed nonlinear Schr¨odinger equation, Comm.
Melnikov Analysis for Singularly Perturbed DSII Equation
We have thereby clarified the relation between gap anisotropy and persistence of the oscillation.
Theory of de Haas-van Alphen Effect in Type-II Superconductors
The relationship between these clusters, defined from persistent density fluctuations and the self-bound clusters is not yet understood.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
One can add mass as a perturbation to the exact solution and the CTC persist.
Closed timelike curves in general relativity