main·te·nance /ˈmentnən(t)s, ˈmentṇən(t)s/
main·te·nance /ˈmentnən(t)s, ṇən(t)s/ 形容詞
1. The act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense; vindication.
Whatsoever is granted to the church for God's honor and the maintenance of his service, is granted to God. --South.
2. That which maintains or supports; means of sustenance; supply of necessaries and conveniences.
Those of better fortune not making learning their maintenance. --Swift.
3. Crim. Law An officious or unlawful intermeddling in a cause depending between others, by assisting either party with money or means to carry it on. See Champerty.
Cap of maintenance. See under Cap.
n 1: activity involved in maintaining something in good working
order; "he wrote the manual on car care" [syn: care, upkeep]
2: means of maintenance of a family or group
3: court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after
they are separated [syn: alimony]
4: the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of
subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing
was their main sustainment" [syn: sustenance, sustentation,