• WordNet 3.6
    • adj persisting relentless and indefatigable in pursuit or as if in pursuit "impossible to escape the dogging fears"
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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
    • a Persisting Inclined to persist; tenacious of purpose; persistent.
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  • Frank Moore Colby
    “We always carry out by committee anything in which any one of us alone would be too reasonable to persist.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Energy and persistence alter all things.”
  • 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”


In literature:

If you persist, I shall go down to Brackmoor till she is pleased to depart.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
They were persistently, and on a few occasions successfully, opposed by the Whigs.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
And yet it is a slumber wherein certain small pleasant things persist from the world outside.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
When the suggestion takes root it becomes fixed, and as likely as not it will persist for his lifetime.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
He persisted in drinking it out of the celery glass, which he emptied at a single pull.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
Older and lower adult forms should represent persistent embryonic stages of higher.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
No longer breasting the storm with stubborn persistency, she now drifted aimlessly before wind and wave.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
Yet always the impression persisted.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
However, the persistent barking of the dogs contrived to draw them on.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
There also runs through Indian religion a persistent though inconspicuous current of non-theistic thought.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot

In poetry:

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
And, as 'twere useless longer
To persist,
He sighed, and sought the entry
Ere I wist,
And retreated, disappearing soundless in the mist.
"The Re-Enactment" by Thomas Hardy
Yet do we still persist as we began,
And so should perish, but that nothing can,
Though it be cold, hard, foul, from loving man
Withhold thee.
"Sepulchre" by George Herbert
But still his tired eyes rarely learned
The glad relief by Nature brought;
Her mountain ranges never turned
His current of persistent thought.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Accept the voice,—ah, hear the whole
Of its persistent, artless strain:
Naught so can soothe a soul's own pain,
As making glad another soul!
"Give Ear Unto The Gentle Lay" by Paul Verlaine

In news:

LSU's Mettenberger blossoming in time to bring hope, even if some regret persists.
Officials are keeping tabs on a blue green algae bloom which persists on the Allegheny Reservoir.
The Persistent Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm.
They multiply endlessly in my garden, despite persistent yank-out efforts.
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.
Persistence paid off for Jake Gyllenhaal -- at least for awhile.
Ponchos and umbrellas were the uniform of the day at Churchill Downs, as the horses of Derby 137 galloped and jogged thru a persistent rain.
Yet the false rumors persisted.
A particularly nasty and persistent virus is making its way around the Windows computing world these days.
A persistent van Dongen launches another instalment in the never-ending BC Rail saga.
Saddam Hussein may be long gone from Iraq, but speculation in his currency persists like a poltergeist.
(In fact, a rumor has long persisted that certain ambitious Sanibel hoteliers sometimes seed their shorelines with commercially purchased junonias.
Many concerns persist about the Lilian Project, the mixed-use development proposed for the parking lot at the corner of El Tordo and Avenida de Acacias.
Twinkies Maker Hostess to Liquidate Company if Strikes Persist.
Just Reward, dam of Personal Ensign winner Persistently (shown) is scheduled to sell at Keeneland in November.

In science:

As we discuss in Section 4, persistent homology is not robust. A small number of bad samples can cause large changes in the persistent homology, essentially as a reflection of the phenomenon of large metric low probability handles (including spurious ones).
Persistent homology for metric measure spaces, and robust statistics for hypothesis testing and confidence intervals
When quenched to the critical temperature Tc of the Ising model, the local persistence decays exponentially with time due to the flips induced by thermal fluctuations but the “global” persistence still decays algebraically, ∼ t−θc where the exponent θc is a new non-equilibrium critical exponent .
Persistence in Nonequilibrium Systems
Recently the persistence of a single spin has also been generalized to persistence of “patterns” in the zero temperature dynamics of 1-d Ising or more generally q -state Potts model.
Persistence in Nonequilibrium Systems
The gain of the special agent is the same as that of normal agents at the point where there is neither persistence, nor anti-persistence (α ≃ 0.25 for M = 3, and αc in the thermodynamic limit).
Modeling Market Mechanism with Minority Game
What is the kind of the supplementary information this agent has access to ? Since the outcome is anti-persistent in the symmetric phase and persistent in the asymmetric phase, only at the critical point there is no long term correlation in the outcome .
Modeling Market Mechanism with Minority Game