• WordNet 3.6
    • n maintenance activity involved in maintaining something in good working order "he wrote the manual on car care"
    • n maintenance the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community "unlike champerty, criminal maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit"
    • n maintenance the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence "they were in want of sustenance","fishing was their main sustainment"
    • n maintenance court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
    • n maintenance means of maintenance of a family or group
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Balneology is the science of swimming pools. Balneologists study problems of heating, cleaning, maintenance, and construction.
    • Maintenance (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.
    • Maintenance Payments, such as child support or alimony, to a dependent child not living with one or to a divorced wife.
    • Maintenance That which maintains or supports; means of sustenance; supply of necessaries and conveniences. "Those of better fortune not making learning their maintenance ."
    • Maintenance 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."
    • Maintenance Those actions required for the care of machinery, a building, etc., to keep it clean and in proper functioning condition, and to prevent or forestall damage due to normal use.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From bridges to rebar, rust is everywhere. According to a recent study, the annual cost of metallic corrosion in the U.S. is approximately $300 billion. The report, by Battelle, Columbus, Ohio, and the Specialty Steel Industry of North America, Washington, D.C., estimated that about one-third of that cost could be avoided through broader application of corrosion-resistant material and "best anti-corrosive practice" from design through maintenance.
    • n maintenance The act of maintaining, keeping up, supporting, or upholding; preservation; sustentation; vindication: as, the maintenance of a family; the maintenance of right.
    • n maintenance That which maintains or supports; means of livelihood.
    • n maintenance Bearing; behavior.
    • n maintenance In law
    • n maintenance An officious intermeddling in a suit in which the meddler has no interest, by assisting either party with means to prosecute or defend it. This is a punishable offense at common law.
    • n maintenance Formerly, a like intermeddling with the controversy of others, as to land, by wrongfully taking or holding possession in aid of one party.
    • n maintenance In a more general sense, an interfering with the due course of justice.
    • n maintenance Synonyms Justification, preservation.—2. Subsistence, Livelihood, etc. See living.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Maintenance the act of maintaining, supporting, or defending: continuance: the means of support: defence, protection:
    • Maintenance (law) an interference in a lawsuit, &c., in favour of one of the parties, by one who has no right or interest
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  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”
  • Virginia Satir
    Virginia Satir
    “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”
  • Lorne Sanny
    Lorne Sanny
    “We have so many labor-saving devices today that we go broke keeping them repaired. Everything is easier, but requires greater maintenance.”
  • Thomas More
    Thomas More
    “For this is one of the ancientest laws among them; that no man shall be blamed for reasoning in the maintenance of his own religion.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. maintenance,. See Maintain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. maintenir—L. manu tenēre, to hold in the hand—manus, a hand, tenēre, to hold.


In literature:

Lewis, 'which makes every man look to the land for maintenance.
"England's Case Against Home Rule" by Albert Venn Dicey
More difficult was the maintenance of friendly relations with England.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
I will explain this maintenance diet business.
"Diet and Health" by Lulu Hunt Peters
Favour thou the heroic sons of Pandu, O monarch, and let a few villages be assigned to them for their maintenance.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
For the maintenance of such supremacy, be it valuable or be it worthless, Great Britain pays a heavy price.
"A Leap in the Dark" by A.V. Dicey
Only 8 cents went for operation, maintenance, and similar expenses.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
The cost of its maintenance during the year was $828,474.43.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
The soldiers and ordinary police were then entrusted with the maintenance of order.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
I read somewhere about a ration for 'maintenance' and one for 'product,' and there was a deal of difference.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
Our bodies are human machines, and, like all other machines, require fuel for their maintenance.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
Why, to wed, and to secure the maintenance of the firm by means which were at his command.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843" by Various
Any seven Felibres dwelling in the same place may ask the Maintenance to form them into a school.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
I refer your Lordships to the treaty by which their maintenance was guarantied by the English government.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
In the matter of well-being the prisoners are in a normal condition, favourable to the maintenance of their usual habits.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
The chief object to be attained by dress is the maintenance of a uniform temperature of the body.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
So when the maintenance crew arrives, they won't find her in such a mess.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
Says not the covenant enough for the maintenance of the king?
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
William laid down the maintenance of the barrier in his negotiations at Madrid as a matter of peace or war.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
On the labor of their hands depends the maintenance of your majesty, of the clergy, of the nobility, of the commons.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
He believed himself secure in the possession of them, and neglected the maintenance of an army.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various

In poetry:

Law threats and precepts both, I see,
With gospel promises agree;
They to the gospel are a fence,
And it to them a maintenance.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
I therefore beg thy blessing on my lands,
O Lord! and on the labour of my hands,
That I thereby, may as a Christian, live,
And my support, and maintenance receive!
"The Farmer's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
Who with his goodness does each creature fill,
At ev'ry season of the rolling year,
And gives us, of his own free gift and will,
Sufficient maintenance, whilst we are here.
"Another" by Rees Prichard
Now good sooth doth counsel fail,
Ah this queen is pale, so pale.
'Love,' she sigheth, 'thou didst not well
Listening to the white-witch fell,
Leaving her doth thee advance
Thy plum褠cap of maintenance.'
"The Sleep of Sigismund" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

The right maintenance move isn't always the most obvious or the one based on 'gut' feelings.
The technology behind computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) has advanced rapidly over the last decade.
A man posing as a maintenance worker has been stealing wallets and purses from cancer patients and other people at doctor's offices in McLean and Falls Church, Fairfax County police said.
"I have a crematory now, and there are all these issues with emissions and maintenance," DeBaun said.
Finalist in Maintenance Tools and Equipment in Plant Engineering's 2011 Product of the Year competition.
"I agree with Mike that we have to change things," said head of maintenance Todd McDonald.
About 430 Western Michigan University maintenance, custodial , dining and landscaping employees will receive a 2 percent raise by 2013 after negotiating contracts for six months.
Relatives often find doors open to maintenance, teacher assistant jobs.
A five-year, $167,700 contract for building maintenance and three new heating, ventilation and cooling units for two buildings owned by Marshall County was recommended by the county's Building Committee last week.
My first article in this series proposed a maintenance mission statement.
Fuel cost prompts road maintenance cutback .
In his new position, Frase is responsible for all aircraft maintenance operations at West Star DAL .
I think that, more than ever, we are beginning to awaken to the fact that we are part of an ecosystem and that we are entities in it with some responsibility for the nest we live in and the maintenance of the nest.
The new DCI distribution station features easy access for cleaning and maintenance.
The company will continue to provide system maintenance and support services until October 2014.

In science:

Real time event selection mechanisms, large system issues, maintenance and operation problems are the areas that need a lot of research and development.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
Thus, understanding the conditions for the emergence and maintenance of cooperative behavior among selfish individuals becomes a central issue .
Randomness enhances cooperation: a resonance type phenomenon in evolutionary games
Among the main factors featuring them are the high costs for the maintenance of long-range connections and the scarce availability of physical space.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
Binary Translation: Static, Dynamic, Retargetable? In Proceedings of the International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM), 1996. B.
Cycle Accurate Binary Translation for Simulation Acceleration in Rapid Prototyping of SoCs
To address the ‘maintenance’ problem in the context of our simulations, we first need to determine the cooling time of the hot gas.
Is AGN feedback necessary to form red elliptical galaxies?
We conjecture that this is due to the non-linear maintenance cost of the priority queue used in the algorithm.
Semantics and Evaluation of Top-k Queries in Probabilistic Databases
Even the need for this “maintenance” feedback could be avoided in a large fraction of massive halos owing to the natural development of constant density cores that prevent cooling from the hot atmosphere, as we found in K09.
Galaxies in a Simulated $\Lambda$CDM Universe II: Observable Properties and Constraints on Feedback
However, if the accretion of cold gaseous clumps also occurs in massive halos (i.e. if “cold drizzle” is not a numerical artifact), then this maintenance feedback must also be able to prevent the bulk of this form of accretion.
Galaxies in a Simulated $\Lambda$CDM Universe II: Observable Properties and Constraints on Feedback
Distributed maintenance of resource efficient wireless network topologies.
On the Expected Maximum Degree of Gabriel and Yao Graphs
This camera has an advanced peltier cooling system that does not need liquid nitrogen or closed cycle cooling, and furthermore the vacuum is “permanent” – so the camera is essentially maintenance free.
The Stellar Observations Network Group - the Prototype
Maintenance of the CI-space requires usable means for creating information in a form consistent with its organization.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
As shown above, the KWSP platform and the KWSSes built on top of it together create an integrated and versatile environment for creation, maintenance and utilization of the design artifacts.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
Here also action theory (Argyris and Schön 1978) based approaches can be employed for performing the maintenance of such systems. There are many other possible ways of exploiting the class of systems proposed here.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
The maintenance engineers will be able to make secure maintenance plan and will help him / her to adapt the software to a more secured modified environment. The implementation mechanism of our software security rules throughout the SDLC, ‘right from the beginning’ is shown in Figure 2.
Software Security Rules, SDLC Perspective
Example 2 (Maintenance Goals) It is not uncommon to encounter planning problems where along with the type of goals described earlier (known as achievement goals), there are also maintenance goals, representing properties that must persist throughout the trajectory.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)