care or upkeep, as of machinery or property: With proper maintenance the car will last for many years.
means of upkeep, support, or subsistence; livelihood: to provide a comfortable maintenance.
alimony or child support.
Law. an officious meddling in a suit in which the meddler has no interest, by assisting either party with means to prosecute or defend it.
Pharmacology, Psychiatry. administered to sustain a desired physiological or mental condition: maintenance dose.
- non·main·te·nance, noun
- pre·main·te·nance, noun
- self-main·te·nance, noun
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How to use maintenance in a sentence
A lot of those emails, he says, are from school principals whose maintenance staff says the school should spend tens of thousands of dollars on high-tech HVAC systems.You don’t need fancy air filter systems to reduce Covid-19 risk | Alexandra Ossola | August 18, 2020 | Quartz
You were happy because you dwell on my costs—in gas, vehicle maintenance, air quality, and lives—without appreciating the benefits I provide.
In the months since the pandemic cratered the price of oil, the financial fallout has spread from drilling companies to refineries and oilfield maintenance companies.
Right now, 25 percent of the franchise fee goes toward an environmental growth fund that’s supposed to help pay for park maintenance.
A separate site in Kearny Mesa, which the city began leasing in 2017 as a fire truck maintenance yard, has yet to service any actual fire trucks.City’s Real Estate Assets Director Resigns Amid Scrutiny Over Ash Street Deal | Lisa Halverstadt and Jesse Marx | August 4, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
If anything the work the two cops and the maintenance guy were doing deserves more respect and probably helped a lot more people.
But no more so than the Sodexo building maintenance man or the two cops who were also killed in the crossfire.
Further, there are maintenance crews who have to fix those drones.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says | Dave Majumdar | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But they have high fixed costs—overhead, maintenance, staff, and power.
After construction, the pipeline would employ about 50 people, primarily for maintenance.
It was never the intention of the Federal Reserve Act that member banks should continue the maintenance of these reserve accounts.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
That, in the light of present conditions, is the most important thing for the necessary maintenance and defense of these islands.
It also authorised the construction and maintenance, as p. 150part of such railways, of any pier, quay or jetty.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Ordinarily the motive of the wrongdoer is not material in determining his maintenance of a nuisance.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
They were instructed in all kinds of trades, were housed, married, and their whole maintenance provided for.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for maintenance
the act of maintaining or the state of being maintained
a means of support; livelihood
(modifier) of or relating to the maintaining of buildings, machinery, etc: maintenance man
law (formerly unlawful) the interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it, as by providing funds to continue the action: See also champerty
law a provision ordered to be made by way of periodical payments or a lump sum, as after a divorce for a spouse
the correction or prevention of faults in hardware by a programme of inspection and the replacement of parts
the removal of existing faults and the modification of software in response to changes in specification or environment
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