Definitions for: Sustenance


[n] the act of sustaining
[n] a source of materials to nourish the body
[n] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sus"te*nance, n. [OF. sustenance, sostenance,
soustenance: cf. L. sustenentia endurance. See Sustain.]
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.'' --Chaucer.

For lying is thy sustenance, thy food. --Milton.

Synonyms: aliment, alimentation, bread and butter, keep, livelihood, living, maintenance, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, support, sustainment, sustentation, upkeep, victuals

See Also: amenities, comforts, conveniences, course, creature comforts, dainty, delicacy, dish, fast food, finger food, food, goody, ingesta, kickshaw, kosher, maintenance, meal, meal ticket, mess, milk, mince, nutrient, puree, repast, resource, stodge, subsistence, support, treat, vitamin, vitamin pill, wheat germ

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