(Per*en"ni*al) a. [L. perennis that lasts the whole year through; per through + annus year.
See Per-, and Annual.]
1. ing or continuing through the year; as, perennial fountains.
2. Continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; unceasing; never failing.
The perennial existence of bodies corporate.Burke.
3. (Bot.) Continuing more than two years; as, a perennial steam, or root, or plant.
Syn. Perpetual; unceasing; never failing; enduring; continual; permanent; uninterrupted.
(Per*en"ni*al), n. (Bot.) A perennial plant; a plant which lives or continues more than two
years, whether it retains its leaves in winter or not.
(Per*en"ni*al*ly), adv. In a perennial manner.
(||Per*en`ni*bran`chi*a"ta) n. pl. [NL. See Perennial, and Branchia.] (Zoöl.) Those
Batrachia which retain their gills through life, as the menobranchus.
(Per*en`ni*bran"chi*ate) a. [See Perennial, and Branchiate.]
1. (Anat.) Having branchæ, or gills, through life; said especially of certain Amphibia, like the menobranchus.
Opposed to caducibranchiate.
2. (Zoöl.) Belonging to the Perennibranchiata.
(Per*en"ni*ty) n. [L. perennitas.] The quality of being perennial. [R.] Derham.
(Per`er*ra"tion) n. [L. pererrare, pererratum, to wander through.] A wandering, or rambling,
through various places. [R.] Howell.
(Per"fect) a. [OE. parfit, OF. parfit, parfet, parfait, F. parfait, L. perfectus, p. p. of perficere
to carry to the end, to perform, finish, perfect; per (see Per-) + facere to make, do. See Fact.]
1. Brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant; having all the properties
or qualities requisite to its nature and kind; without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct.
My strength is made perfect in weakness.2 Cor. xii. 9.
Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun.Shak.
I fear I am not in my perfect mind.Shak.
O most entire perfect sacrifice!Keble.
God made thee perfect, not immutable.Milton.
2. Well informed; certain; sure.
I am perfect that the Pannonains are now in arms.Shak.
3. (Bot.) Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; said of flower.
Perfect cadence (Mus.), a complete and satisfactory close in harmony, as upon the tonic preceded by
the dominant. Perfect chord (Mus.), a concord or union of sounds which is perfectly coalescent