• WordNet 3.6
    • adv persistently with persistence
    • adv persistently in a persistent manner "he was asking questions, unavoidable questions, persistently..."
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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
    • adv Persistently In a persistent manner.
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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.
    • persistently So as to persist; in a persistent manner; with persistency.
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  • Johnson
    “No one will persist long in helping someone who will not help themselves.”
  • Ovid
    “Endure and persist; this pain will turn to good by and by.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Your persistence is your measure of faith in yourself.”
  • Tobias Wolff
    Tobias Wolff
    “We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”


In literature:

The Boy-of-ten (Roy persistently ignored the half) was rather a large boy: also rather lumpy.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
Too late to avoid the consequences of the girl's silly persistence?
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
A haze of old brocade golden in the sunlight retreated and then loomed persistently ahead.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
The idea "I ought" persisted and persisted and persisted.
"A Man's Woman" by Frank Norris
Somehow that ugly flash of suspicion had persisted.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
It might be necessary to repeat this a few times before the illusion would persist.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
But close and persistent as is the animal entail, it is not unconquerable.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
Fortunately it is less frequently a professional characteristic than in former years, but it still persists in some quarters.
"Craftsmanship in Teaching" by William Chandler Bagley
What was the source and inspiration for this persistent effort?
"Initiative Psychic Energy" by Warren Hilton
However, Rose had in her a vein of persistency.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

In poetry:

All night the sound had
come back again,
and again falls
this quite, persistent rain.
"The Rain" by Robert Creeley
And yet towards evening,
when his memory is persistent,
one belated curiousity
stops him before the mirror.
"Telling You All" by Rainer Maria Rilke
For still, outside the nursery door,
The bright persistency,
A molten diadem on the floor,
Lay burning wondrously.
"The Prism" by George MacDonald
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

In news:

Outages persist as DC returns to work.
In January, 2011, a 78-year-old man was referred to us with syncope and persistent hiccups.
Visualisation of the persistent left superior vena cava at angiography.
Why Are Bigfoot Rumors So Persistent.
Israel's military operation aimed at silencing persistent Hamas rocket fire from Gaza provides the world with a rare moment of moral clarity.
It's testament to a band's persistence and evolution when it outgrows genre labeling to become a musical movement of one.
Bedbugs have attacked a popular movie theater in Times Square as New York battles the persistent pests.
0High temperatures persist across much of the country and 3 million people from Ohio to New Jersey still have no electricity following a band of powerful storms.
After 'Dark Knight' shooting, moviegoer reluctance persists.
Will Tensions Persist on Staten Island.
"Persistent Voices" At The National Academy Of Sciences .
Dolly Parton set the record straight about the persistant rumors that she's in a romantic realtionship with her childhood best friend, Judy Ogle.
Terms that no longer have any application sometimes persist in a vacuous afterlife.
South Korean shipbuilding orders dropped 58.6 percent for the first nine months of this year due to the persistent recession in the global shipbuilding industry, a government report reveals.
Be Persistent and Get Through the Door.

In science:

XTargetStart~lp sistent random searcher – called persistent random walk model hereafter – with short range memory characterized by an exponential distribution of the length of its successive ballistic excursions P (l) ∝ l→∞ e−αl/lp , where lp is the persistence length of the walk and α a numerical factor.
Optimizing persistent random searches
In this expression, D() = (1 + )/(1 − ) is the diffusion coefficient of the persistent random walk normalized by the diffusion coefficient of the non persistent walk (case  = 0) .
Optimizing persistent random searches
This defines the optimal strategy for a persistent random searcher, which is realized when the persistence length has the same order of magnitude as the typical system size.
Optimizing persistent random searches
This shows the efficiency of the optimal persistent search strategy in the large volume limit, as compared to the non persistent Brownian strategy.
Optimizing persistent random searches
Interestingly in the limit σ → ∞ the probability pn → 2−n (see Fig. 5) the correlations are lost and we say the SGRW has ‘zero persistence’. A random walk with pn ≥ 2−n is a persistent random walk.
Correlated Gaussian random walk models of animal dispersal