• WordNet 3.6
    • n maintainer someone who upholds or maintains "firm upholders of tradition","they are sustainers of the idea of democracy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gardening is said to be one of the best exercises for maintaining healthy bones
    • n Maintainer One who maintains.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the 19th century, it was common practice for a Japanese woman to dye their teeth black. They believed that this enhanced sex appeal and maintained healthier teeth
    • n maintainer One who m aintains, supports, sustains, or upholds. In legal use, maintainor (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sun's total lifetime as a star capable of maintaining a life-bearing Earth is about 11 billion years. Nearly half that time has passed.
    • ns Maintainer one who maintains
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Solvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you?”
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    “Maintain peace with men, war with their vices.”
  • Emma Goldman
    “The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “No one is so miserable as the poor person who maintains the appearance of wealth.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “The repose of nations cannot be secure without arms. Armies cannot be maintained without pay, nor can the pay be produced without taxes.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. maintenir—L. manu tenēre, to hold in the hand—manus, a hand, tenēre, to hold.


In literature:

The same energy would furnish means for maintaining the men; and if they could be fed and maintained, they would surely be produced.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Once establish and maintain good digestion, food performs its natural functions.
"Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry" by Pratt Food Co.
This summer will place our harbors in a situation to maintain peace and order within them.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Those who maintain the one and reject the other do not preserve enough uniformity and connexion in their dogmas.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
The only way to fence this unpalatable conclusion, is to maintain that the results could not be fully tested in an examination as suggested.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
In 1821-1822 he maintained Coralie, who became so violently enamored of Lucien de Rubempre.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
This festival has maintained its fundamental character to this day, in spite of various changes.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
How can the fire be maintained in this condition?
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
The motives which urge us to seek and maintain an elevated standard of piety are the highest that can be presented to our minds.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
It was with the greatest difficulty I maintained my self-control.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney

In poetry:

I'm not ashamed to own my Lord,
Or to defend his cause;
Maintain the honor of his word,
The glory of his cross.
"Hymn 103" by Isaac Watts
My father couldna work, my mother couldna spin,
I toiled day and night, but their bread I couldna win;
Auld Rob maintained them baith, and, wi' tears in his e'e,
Said, "Jeanie, for their sakes, will ye no marry me?"
"Auld Robin Gray" by Henry Morley
Cry "Murder" in the market-place, and each
Will turn upon his neighbour anxious eyes
Asking: "Art thou the man?" We hunted Cain
Some centuries ago across the world.
This bred the fear our own misdeeds maintain
"His Wedded Wife" by Rudyard Kipling
Yet the crew of the "Pique" maintained the fight,
Oh! most courageously they fought in the dead of night;
And for two hours they kept up firing without dismay,
But it was a sacrifice of human life, they had to give way.
"An All-Night Sea Fight" by William Topaz McGonagall
No charging squadrons shook the ground,
When freedom here her claims obtained;
No cannon, with tremendous sound,
The noble patriot's cause maintained:
No furious battle-charger neighed,
No brother fell by brother's blade.
"Stanzas For The First of August" by James Monroe Whitfield
Uprose the sun: By Rasalema's side,
The Fezzan river, moved in martial pride
A mingled host from various realms, to stem
Zemberbo's treason, and the diadem
Maintain of Abusade: in rank and square
Swarming they join, and for the march prepare.
"The Captive Of Fez: Canto IV: The Battle" by Thomas Aird

In news:

You can increase home appraisal value by maintaining your landscaping.
Anchorage mayor vows to continue fight to maintain public safety.
Nationally, Democrats are having success raising money this fall, in their attempt to maintain control of the US Senate over Republicans.
We enjoyed some of the well-maintained trails and boardwalks in Sapsucker Woods Bird Sanctuary in Ithaca.
Blackboard CEO Michael Chasen has loved every minute of taking his company public and then back to being private--while maintaining growth along the way.
Folding Carton Stock – Signature Solutions™ folding carton board maintains stiffness while providing a smoother printing surface.
Baldwin maintains calm, composure amid clamor .
Effective information security is based on more than just maintaining the proper technologies.
This paper has consistently maintained an informed, active electorate is necessary to affect citizens' representation, whether local or federal.
The theory maintains that everything in the universe is actually made up of extremely small vibrating strings.
Fall is here Maintain defensible space, check smoke detectors.
Give plants medium to bright light to maintain best leaf color.
But what happens when a ditch isn't properly maintained.
After days of sudden exposure to wet and cold, birds need to refuel with seed and suet to maintain body temperature and energy.
For the past 20 years, the US has maintained a Minimum Legal Drinking Age of 21 (MLDA21), with little public debate about the wisdom of this policy.

In science:

Though I maintain that classical continua are subtler and more problematic than usually recognized, I agree that they are indeed logically possible.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Further, a t = π/(4Veff ) pulse will create and maintain an (approximately maximally) entangled state from an initially separable one, and this is also shown in Fig 2.
Creating excitonic entanglement in quantum dots through the optical Stark effect
New randomization operators for maintaining data privacy for boolean data were presented and analyzed in [12, 18].
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining
Haritsa, ”Maintaining Data Privacy in Association Rule Mining ”, Proc. of 28th Intl.
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining
Furthermore the cost of finding and maintaining routing information is smaller because fewer nodes are involved.
The Expected Size of the Rule k Dominating Set