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1. The supporting of life or health; maintenance or means of livelihood: The factory provides sustenance for half the town.
2. Something, especially food, that sustains life or health: looking for sustenance in the kitchen.
3. Something that sustains something else; essential support: researchers seeking financial sustenance.
[Middle English, from Old French, from sustenir, to sustain; see sustain.]
1. means of sustaining health or life; nourishment
2. means of maintenance; livelihood
3. Also: sustention the act or process of sustaining or the quality of being sustained
[C13: from Old French sostenance, from sustenir to sustain]
sus•te•nance(ˈsʌs tə nəns)
1. means of sustaining life; nourishment.
2. means of livelihood.
3. the process of sustaining.
4. the state of being sustained.
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|Noun||1.||sustenance - a source of materials to nourish the body|
milk - produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young
course - part of a meal served at one time; "she prepared a three course meal"
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"
fast food - inexpensive food (hamburgers or chicken or milkshakes) prepared and served quickly
finger food - food to be eaten with the fingers
ingesta - solid and liquid nourishment taken into the body through the mouth
kosher - food that fulfills the requirements of Jewish dietary law
mess - soft semiliquid food; "a mess of porridge"
mince - food chopped into small bits; "a mince of mushrooms"
puree - food prepared by cooking and straining or processed in a blender
stodge - heavy and filling (and usually starchy) food
wheat germ - embryo of the wheat kernel; removed before milling and eaten as a source of vitamins
vitamin - any of a group of organic substances essential in small quantities to normal metabolism
|2.||sustenance - 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"|
resource - available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts - things that make you comfortable and at ease; "all the comforts of home"
maintenance - means of maintenance of a family or group
meal ticket - a source of income or livelihood
subsistence - minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting; "social security provided only a bare subsistence"
|3.||sustenance - the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was their main sustainment"|
support - the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities; "his support kept the family together"; "they gave him emotional support during difficult times"
1. nourishment, food, provisions, rations, refreshments, kai (N.Z. informal), daily bread, victuals, edibles, comestibles, provender, aliment, eatables, refection The state provided a basic quantity of food for daily sustenance.
1. Something fit to be eaten:
aliment, bread, comestible, diet, edible, esculent, fare, food, foodstuff, meat, nourishment, nurture, nutriment, nutrition, pabulum, pap, provender, provision (used in plural), victual.
2. That which sustains the mind or spirit:
sustenance[ˈsʌstɪnəns] n (= nourishment) → nourriture f
n. sustentación, sustento.