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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Persistent  \Per*sist"ent\,  a.  [L.  persistens,  -entis,  p.  pr  of 
  persistere  See  {Persist}.] 
  1.  Inclined  to  persist;  having  staying  qualities;  tenacious 
  of  position  or  purpose. 
  2.  (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}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  never-ceasing;  "the  relentless  beat  of  the  drums"  [syn:  {relentless}, 
  2:  continually  recurring  to  the  mind;  "haunting  memories";  "the 
  cathedral  organ  and  the  distant  voices  have  a  haunting 
  beauty"-  Claudia  Cassidy  [syn:  {haunting}] 
  3:  (biology)  retained;  not  shed;  "persistent  leaves  remain 
  attached  past  maturity";  "the  persistent  gills  of  fishes" 
  [syn:  {lasting}]  [ant:  {caducous}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 

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