- the act of maintaining: the maintenance of proper oral hygiene.
- the state of being maintained: the maintenance of friendly relations with England.
- 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.
Origin of maintenance
Related Words for maintenancesupply, conservation, upkeep, preservation, care, aliment, continuation, bacon, livelihood, alimony, living, alimentation, resources, food, subsistence, provision, bread, continuance, wherewithal, keeping
Examples from the Web for maintenance
Contemporary Examples of maintenance
If anything the work the two cops and the maintenance guy were doing deserves more respect and probably helped a lot more people.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
Further, there are maintenance crews who have to fix those drones.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
But they have high fixed costs—overhead, maintenance, staff, and power.Solar Powered Ski Lift
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
After construction, the pipeline would employ about 50 people, primarily for maintenance.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: November 16
November 16, 2014
Pulling engineers from the Super Hornet program then led to a maintenance backlog on that program too, sources said.Navy Grounds Top Guns
October 17, 2014
Historical Examples of maintenance
The maximum that could be drawn for maintenance was not less than seventy per cent.Freeland
As it is, I look to the Excise scheme as a certainty of maintenance; a maintenance!The Letters of Robert Burns
Sergeant Walters and the rest of the maintenance crew were standing there.Dogfight--1973
Dallas McCord Reynolds
And if I am to estimate the penalty fairly, I should say that maintenance in the Prytaneum is the just return.Apology
The Phenicians were very much in earnest about the maintenance of state and of religion.History of Religion
- 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, etcmaintenance 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 actionSee 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
Word Origin for maintenance
mid-14c., "bearing, deportment," from Old French maintenance "upkeep; shelter, protection,: from maintenir (see maintain). Meaning "action of upholding or keeping in being" is from early 15c. "Action of providing a person with the necessities of life" is from late 14c.
- The extent to which a patient continues good health practices without professional supervision, as distinguished from adherence or compliance.