Definitions for: Maintenance


[n] activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; "he wrote the manual on car care"
[n] the act of sustaining
[n] court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
[n] means of maintenance of a family or group



Webster (1913) Definition: Main"te*nance, n. [OF. maintenance. See
Maintain.]
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.
--Wharton.

Cap of maintenance. See under Cap.

Synonyms: alimony, care, sustainment, sustenance, sustentation, upkeep

See Also: bread and butter, camera care, car care, fix, fixing, fixture, inspection and repair, keep, livelihood, living, mending, overhaul, pump priming, repair, reparation, scheduled maintenance, service, steam fitting, support, support, support payment, sustenance

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