American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of sustaining; support; maintenance; subsistence.
- n. That which supports life; food; victuals; provisions; means of living.
- 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 (14c), from Latin sustenire. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from sustenir, to sustain; see sustain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Obama, however, seems to have drawn a kind of sustenance from the dinner.”
“In arid northern and western China, to depend on the land for sustenance is to be poor.”
“They start out as mindless drones whose only purpose seems to be to gain sustenance by consuming the living.”
“The prospect of cannibalism as a means of sustenance is always disturbing.”
“And anyone who would seek to keep you from this love, this light, this source of sustenance, is NEVER thinking about your well-being.”
“The world itself is decribed as a mudball which is dependant on the ships to gain sustenance and even what could loosely be conceived of as weather.”
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“In this essay the author champions the idea that educational researchers can gain sustenance and perspective by drawing explicitly on humanism and the arts in their search for knowledge and understanding.”
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