1. Eternal duration, past or future; eternity.
From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. --Ps. xc. 2.
2. (With the definite article) The Eternal Being; God.
3. Bot. A plant whose flowers may be dried without losing their form or color, as, the pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), the immortelle (Xeranthemum anuum) of the French, the cudweeds, etc.
4. A cloth fabric for shoes, etc. See Lasting.
1. Lasting or enduring forever; exsisting or continuing without end; immortal; eternal. “The Everlasting God.”
2. Continuing indefinitely, or during a long period; perpetual; sometimes used, colloquially, as a strong intensive; as, this everlasting nonsence.
I will give to thee, and to thy seed after thee . . . the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession. --Gen xvii. 8.
And heard thy everlasting yawn confess
The pains and penalties of idleness. --Pope.
Syn: -- Eternal; immortal, interminable; endless; never-ending; infinite; unceasing; uninterrupted; continual; unintermitted; incessant.
Usage: -- Everlasting, Eternal. Eternal denotes (when taken strictly) without beginning or end of duration; everlasting is sometimes used in our version of the Scriptures in the sense of eternal, but in modern usage is confined to the future, and implies no intermission as well as no end.
Whether we shall meet again I know not;
Therefore our everlasting farewell take;
Forever, and forever farewell, Cassius. --Shak.
Everlasting flower. Sane as Everlasting, n., 3.
Everlasting pea, an ornamental plant (Lathyrus latifolius) related to the pea; -- so called because it is perennial.
adj 1: continuing forever or indefinitely; "the ageless themes of
love and revenge"; "eternal truths"; "life
everlasting"; "hell's perpetual fires"; "the unending
bliss of heaven" [syn: ageless, eternal, perpetual,
2: expletives used informally as intensifiers; "he's a blasted
idiot"; "it's a blamed shame"; "a blame cold winter"; "not
a blessed dime"; "I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or
goddamned) if I'll do any such thing"; "he's a damn (or
goddam or goddamned) fool"; "a deuced idiot"; "tired or
his everlasting whimpering"; "an infernal nuisance" [syn:
blasted, blame, blamed, blessed, damn, damned,
darned, deuced, goddam, goddamn, goddamned, infernal]
3: lasting for an indefinitely long period of time [syn: eternal,
lasting, eonian, aeonian]
4: without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative)
intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a
consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross
negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a
sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing
villain"; "utter nonsense" [syn: arrant(a), complete(a),
consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a),
perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a),
5: continuing too long; "everlasting complaints"
n : any of various plants of various genera of the family
Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss
of form or color [syn: everlasting flower]
eternal, applied to God (Gen. 21:33; Deut. 33:27; Ps. 41:13;
90:2). We also read of the "everlasting hills" (Gen. 49:26); an
"everlasting priesthood" (Ex. 40:15; Num. 25:13). (See ETERNAL.)