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tr.v. sus·tained, sus·tain·ing, sus·tains
a. To keep in existence; maintain, continue, or prolong: sustain an effort.
b. To keep up (a joke or assumed role, for example) competently.
a. To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for: the income needed to sustain a family.
b. To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage: We were sustained by her unflagging optimism.
3. To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop: The beams sustain the weight of the roof.
a. To bear up under; withstand: can't sustain the blistering heat.
b. To experience or suffer: sustained minor injuries.
5. To affirm the validity of: The judge has sustained the prosecutor's objection.
A capacity of a musical instrument to continue the resounding of a note or tone.
[Middle English sustenen, from Old French sustenir, from Latin sustinēre : sub-, from below; see sub- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]
(Astronautics) a rocket engine that maintains the velocity of a space vehicle after the booster has been jettisoned
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|Noun||1.||sustainer - someone who upholds or maintains; "firm upholders of tradition"; "they are sustainers of the idea of democracy"|
moteur de croisière