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evergreen




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evergreen
     1. adj. Of plants, especially trees, that do not shed their leaves seasonally.
     2. adj. Continually fresh or self-renewing; often used metaphorically.
     3. adj.    (contracts) A clause which causes an automatic renewal of a contract unless action is taken.
     4. adj.    (computing) Of a document, a piece of software(,) or a dataset, being continually up-to-date (as opposed to being published at regular intervals and outdated in the meantime)
     5. adj.   * 2014, Peter Gasston, Book of CSS3, 2nd Edition: A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design, No Starch Press (ISBN, 9781593275808), page 257
     6. adj.   *: Chrome and Firefox are evergreen browsers: they update automatically and version numbers are only used for internal reference.
     7. adj. (broadcasting) Suitable for transmission at any time; not urgent or time-dependent.
     8. n. A tree or shrub that does not shed its leaves or needles seasonally.
     9. n. (informal) More specifically, a conifer tree.
     10. n. (colloquial) A news story that can be published or broadcast at any time.
     11. v. (patents, pharmaceuticals) To extend the term of a patent beyond the normal legal limit, usually through repeated small modifications.
     12. v. (banking) To set the repayment rate of a loan at or below the interest rate, so low that the principal will never be repaid.

Example Sentences

I would plant all three to create an evergreen screen, as well as to provide early summer flowers and a fiery tapestry of winter berries. 
They bury evergreen melodies beneath a welter of colliding influences. 

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