permanent press

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permanent press (uncountable)

  1. 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.
    • 1969, United States Patent Office, Patent number T861041:
      This solution is then padded onto a textile fabric to obtain a 70 percent wet pick up and then air dried. The textile fabric can then be hot pressed to impart a permanent press to garments prepared therefrom.