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

 sus·ten·ta·tion /-ˈteʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sus·ten·ta·tion n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
           maintenance, upkeep]