from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of sustaining.
- n. The condition of being sustained.
- n. The supporting of life or health; maintenance: "to deliver in every morning six beeves, forty sheep, and other victuals for my sustenance” ( Jonathan Swift).
- n. Something, especially food, that sustains life or health.
- n. Means of livelihood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something that provides support or nourishment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of sustaining; support; maintenance; subsistence.
- n. That which supports life; food; victuals; provisions; means of living.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An upholding; the act of bearing.
- n. The act of sustaining; support; maintenance; subsistence: as, the sustenance of life.
- n. That which supports life; food; provisions; means of living.
- n. Synonyms Subsistence, etc. See living.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a source of materials to nourish the body
- n. the financial means whereby one lives
- n. the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence
Middle English, from Old French, from sustenir, to sustain; see sustain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old French, from sustenir (14c), from Latin sustenire. (Wiktionary)