1. The act of sustaining, or the state of being sustained; preservation from falling; support; sustenance; maintenance.
2. Physiol. The aggregate of the functions by which a living organism is maintained in a normal condition of weight and growth.
Sustentation fund Eccl., a fund of a religious body for support of its ministers, chapels, etc.; as, the sustentation fund of the Free Church of Scotland.
n : 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, sustainment,