permanent press
noun Date: 1964 1. the process of treating a fabric with a chemical (as a resin) and heat for setting the shape and for aiding wrinkle resistance 2. material treated by permanent press 3. the condition of material treated by permanent press • permanent-press adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • permanent-press — adjective AMERICAN permanent press clothes do not need to be IRONED (=made smooth) after you wash them …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • permanent press — n. 1. a process in which a fabric is treated with a chemical and heat to make it less likely to wrinkle, thus requiring little or no ironing after washing 2. the condition of a fabric treated by this process permanent press adj …   English World dictionary

  • permanent press — permanent press, adj. 1. a process in which a fabric is chemically treated to make it wrinkle resistant so as to require little or no ironing after washing. 2. the condition of a fabric so treated. [1960 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • permanent press — n [U] a process used to treat cloth so that it does not ↑wrinkle easily, or cloth that has been treated in this way …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • permanent press — noun a fabric that has been chemically processed to resist wrinkles and hold its shape • Syn: ↑durable press • Hypernyms: ↑fabric, ↑cloth, ↑material, ↑textile * * * noun Etymology …   Useful english dictionary

  • Permanent press — A permanent press is a fabric that has been chemically processed to resist wrinkles and hold its shape. This treatment has a lasting effect on the fabric. Traditionally, because the chemical process that conditions the fabric for wrinkle… …   Wikipedia

  • permanent-press — adjective see permanent press …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • permanent-press — See permanent press. * * * …   Universalium

  • permanent press — noun A characteristic of a fabric, especially one used in clothing, often created by applying a chemical treatment and pressure, which causes lasting resistance to wrinkling and retention of pleats and creases. This solution is then padded onto a …   Wiktionary

  • permanent-press — adjective used of fabrics that do not require ironing drip dry shirts for travel • Syn: ↑drip dry • Similar to: ↑unironed, ↑wrinkled * * * adjective see permanent press …   Useful english dictionary

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