1. The act of sustaining; support; maintenance; subsistence; as, the sustenance of the body; the sustenance of life.
2. That which supports life; food; victuals; provisions; means of living; as, the city has ample sustenance. “A man of little sustenance.”
For lying is thy sustenance, thy food. --Milton.
n 1: a source of materials to nourish the body [syn: nutriment,
nourishment, nutrition, aliment, alimentation,
2: the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was
expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state
for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
[syn: support, keep, livelihood, living, bread
3: 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: sustentation, sustainment,