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English Dictionary: maintenance by the DICT Development Group
3 results for maintenance
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; "he wrote the manual on car care"
    Synonym(s): care, maintenance, upkeep
  2. means of maintenance of a family or group
  3. court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
    Synonym(s): alimony, maintenance
  4. the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was their main sustainment"
    Synonym(s): sustenance, sustentation, sustainment, maintenance, upkeep
  5. 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"
    Synonym(s): maintenance, criminal maintenance
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Maintenance \Main"te*nance\, n. [OF. maintenance. See
      1. The act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense;
                     Whatsoever is granted to the church for God's honor
                     and the maintenance of his service, is granted to
                     God.                                                   --South.
      2. That which maintains or supports; means of sustenance;
            supply of necessaries and conveniences.
                     Those of better fortune not making learning their
                     maintenance.                                       --Swift.
      3. (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}.
      {Cap of maintenance}. See under {Cap}.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      The modification of a software product, after
      delivery, to correct faults, to improve performance or other
      attributes, or to adapt the product to a changed environment.
      Maintenance is an important part of the {software life-cycle}.
      It is expensive in manpower and resources, and one of the aims
      of {software engineering} is to reduce its cost.
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