• WordNet 3.6
    • adj persistent never-ceasing "the relentless beat of the drums"
    • adj persistent continually recurring to the mind "haunting memories","the cathedral organ and the distant voices have a haunting beauty"- Claudia Cassidy"
    • adj persistent retained; not shed "persistent leaves remain attached past maturity","the persistent gills of fishes"
    • adj persistent stubbornly unyielding "dogged persistence","dour determination","the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics","a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot","men tenacious of opinion"
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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
    • Persistent Inclined to persist; having staying qualities; tenacious of position or purpose.
    • Persistent (Biol) Remaining beyond the period when parts of the same kind sometimes fall off or are absorbed; permanent; as, persistent teeth or gills; a persistent calyx; -- opposed to deciduous, and caducous.
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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.
    • persistent Persisting or continuing in spite of opposition, warning, remonstrance, etc.; refusing to cease or give up some action, course, or pursuit; perservering: as, a persistent beggar; persistent attempts to do something.
    • persistent That endures; enduring.
    • persistent Specifically— In botany, continuing without withering: opposed to caducous, deciduous, or marcescent: as, a persistent calyx (one remaining after the corolla has withered).
    • persistent In zoology, perennial; holding to morphological character, or continuing in functional activity; not degenerate, deciduous, or caducous, as a part or an organ: as, persistent types of structure; the persistent horns of cattle or gills of newts.
    • persistent Repeated; continual.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Persistent persisting: pushing on, esp. against opposition: tenacious: fixed:
    • adj Persistent (bot.) remaining till or after the fruit is ripe, as a calyx
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  • Herbert Kaufman
    Herbert Kaufman
    “Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.”
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    “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.”
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    “Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. persistens, -entis, p. pr. of persistere,. See Persist
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. persistĕreper, through, sistĕre, to cause to stand—stāre, to stand.


In literature:

He was only three-and-twenty, and, as he was wont to remark, ill-luck dogged him persistently at every turn.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
In fact one persistent swain who refused to take "No" for an answer had begged Celestina to wait and pray over the matter.
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
Much of man's misery has come from his persistent questioning.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
The lover felt the change in her, knew that the barrier she had so persistently raised was down.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
In his speech to the new parliament, he gave them to understand that he still persisted in his resolution of going in person to Ireland.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
How persistent Mrs. Shiffney had been!
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
An' she's got such a nice smile on 'er photo,' persisted the mother.
"Sarah's School Friend" by May Baldwin
Yet his feeling of bitterness, of being wronged, persisted and grew.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Unhappily the stigma of past incidents still persists.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
I am still very obstinate and persist in my practices.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald

In poetry:

And so behold him following the tail
Of that mud-hovel of his slowly rambling spouse,
Like some unhappy bull at the tail of a cow,
But with more than bovine, grim, earth-dank persistence.
"Lui Et Elle" by D H Lawrence
For what could persecution do
To worry such a blessed crew,
On whom it was as wind to fire,
Which set them always jumping higher?
The parson and the lawyer tried,
By meek persistency defied.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
North, south, east, west,--the same dull gray persistence,
The tattered vapors of a vanished train,
The narrowing rails that meet to pierce the distance,
Or break the columns of the far-off rain.
"The Station-Master Of Lone Prairie" by Francis Bret Harte
Advances after that were vain,
She treated me with cold disdain.
And still I tried with strongest will,
But she remained persistent still.
Ah! Imogene, had I but known,
We'd then had little need to mourn.
"Imogene" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Yet hope remains! A path retraced
Is nobler than persistent wrong;
A fault confessed is half effaced;
That land alone can be disgraced
Which is not just, however strong,
Toward those to whom its "spoils" belong.
"Fallen" by John Lawson Stoddard
We are like music, each voice of it pursuing
A golden separate dream, remote, persistent,
Climbing to fire, receding to hoarse despair.
What do you whisper, brother? What do you tell me? . . .
We pass each other, are lost, and do not care.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 08:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Persistent sea ice will keep a Royal Dutch Shell drill ship off a prospect in the Chukchi Sea until at least Monday, a spokesman for Shell Alaska said Friday.
Civil Service Commission dispute persists.
Why does this debate — once dubbed "battle of the styles" — persist in Washington.
Color Line Persists In Funeral Industry.
Even in 2012, informal rules persist for the consumption of pop culture.
Color Line Persists In Funeral Industry.
The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency, by Randall Kennedy, Pantheon, 336 pp.
Questions have persisted over the years about whether or not Steven Campo, the Democratic candidate for House District 31, is a resident of North Kingstown.
Perplexing Persistent Prevalence of 'Superfluous' Pigment Production.
Doing so would have emphasized the theme of the tragic persistence of war throughout the ages.
Although the dispersants were persistent (long-lived and widely-traveled), it's not clear if they actually dispersed or sequestered any of the oil.
A persistent John van Dongen launches another instalment in BC Rail saga.
Rumors persist that the eastside's big concrete box is crumbling.
When Jack made the appointment on the physician's secure website, he also updated his medical file with a description of the symptoms from his persistent sinus problems.
Patronage Persists in D.C. All the latest news from the District, Maryland and Virginia.

In science:

That is: the laws concern persisting ob jects, and so use the notion of persistence.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
All generators are fully persistent; their state can be written into disk and restored later using persistency mechanism of ROOT.
Upgrade of the Cellular General Purpose Monte Carlo Tool FOAM to version 2.06
The momentum conjugate to the Euler angle ψ is pψ = it, a constant of motion, which contributes a term −αt2/2 to the Hamiltonian where α is the ratio of the bend persistence length LP to the twist persistence length LT .
Free Energy of Twisted Semiflexible Polymers
The former lead to fractional random walks (FRW) with negative (or anti-persistent) autocorrelations and the latter to positive (or persistent) autocorrelations.
Fractional derivatives of random walks: Time series with long-time memory
This arises because our coupling argument requires that a certain condition persists and we can only show that it will persist whp up to a certain time.
Randomly colouring simple hypergraphs