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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sus·tained a. Held up to a certain pitch, degree, or level; uniform; as, sustained pasion; a sustained style of writing; a sustained note in music.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sus·tain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sustained p. pr. & vb. n. Sustaining.]
 1. To keep from falling; to bear; to uphold; to support; as, a foundation sustains the superstructure; a beast sustains a load; a rope sustains a weight.
    Every pillar the temple to sustain.   --Chaucer.
 2. Hence, to keep from sinking, as in despondence, or the like; to support.
    No comfortable expectations of another life to sustain him under the evils in this world.   --Tillotson.
 3. To maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish; as, provisions to sustain an army.
 4. To aid, comfort, or relieve; to vindicate.
    His sons, who seek the tyrant to sustain.   --Dryden.
 5. To endure without failing or yielding; to bear up under; as, to sustain defeat and disappointment.
 6. To suffer; to bear; to undergo.
    Shall Turnus, then, such endless toil sustain?   --Dryden.
    You shall sustain more new disgraces.   --Shak.
 7. To allow the prosecution of; to admit as valid; to sanction; to continue; not to dismiss or abate; as, the court sustained the action or suit.
 8. To prove; to establish by evidence; to corroborate or confirm; to be conclusive of; as, to sustain a charge, an accusation, or a proposition.
 Syn: -- To support; uphold; subsist; assist; relieve; suffer; undergo.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: maintained at length without interruption or weakening;
             "sustained flight"
      2: (of an electric arc) continuous; "heat transfer to the anode
         in free burning arcs" [syn: free burning]