• WordNet 3.6
    • n sustentation the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence "they were in want of sustenance","fishing was their main sustainment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sustentation The act of sustaining, or the state of being sustained; preservation from falling; support; sustenance; maintenance.
    • Sustentation (Physiol) The aggregate of the functions by which a living organism is maintained in a normal condition of weight and growth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sustentation Support; preservation from falling or sinking.
    • n sustentation Maintenance: especially, support of life; sustenance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sustentation that which sustains: support: maintenance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sustentatio, sustenance, maintenance, fr. sustentare, to support, maintain, v. intens. fr. sustinere, to sustain: cf. F. sustentation,. See Sustain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sustinēresub, up, tenēre, to hold.


In literature:

Straight planes were tried for a time, but found greatly lacking in the power of sustentation.
"Flying Machines" by W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
What is the Sustentation Fund?
"Penelope's Experiences in Scotland" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
In Flanders there are permanent funds, &c. for the sustentation of the poor.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Should we not for our sustentation eat Because a surfeit comes from too much meat?
"Pipe and Pouch" by Various
Accuracy, verisimilitude, sustention, count for nothing in comparison with imaginative adroitness and variety.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
Sustention of present revenue to the highest degree compatible with permanence.
"Practical Forestry in the Pacific Northwest" by Edward Tyson Allen
They are the victims of lethal natural selection, nearly always of the non-sustentative type.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
There remains, then, as the only intelligible rationale of solar sustentation, Helmholtz's shrinkage theory.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
For his sustentation and comfort he carried on his back a scrip with some bread in it, and a wooden flagon of wine.
"The Hour Will Come: Volumes I and II" by Wilhelmine von Hillern
The prolonged, delicate, exquisite sustentation of the pictorial tone seems to me a marvel of ingenuity and fancy.
"Views and Reviews" by Henry James
And any who were absent without lawful cause shall forfeit one pound of wax to the sustentation of the said great candle.
"The Thirteenth" by James J. Walsh
The Sustentation Fund's prosperin' bye a' expectation, an' I wad hae telled him a' about it.
"Inchbracken" by Robert Cleland

In poetry:

Without thy help, recruit, support,
Opitulation, furtherance,
Assistance, rescue, aid, resort,
Favour, sustention and advance?
"To A Thesaurus" by Franklin Pierce Adams