[self-suh-stey-ning, self-]


Origin of self-sustaining

First recorded in 1835–45
Related formsself-sus·tained, adjectiveself-sus·tain·ing·ly, adverbself-sus·tain·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-sustaining

Contemporary Examples of self-sustaining

Historical Examples of self-sustaining

  • Now Belgium is not, as America is, self-sustaining as to food.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • Self-sustaining cyclic reaction, like the Bethe solar-phoenix.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • It was not only vast in extent, but permanent and self-sustaining in character.


    Jacob Abbott

  • You know why I wish to make her independent and self-sustaining.

  • Consolidated and mobilized the Empire is self-sustaining and invincible.

    The Red Watch

    J. A. Currie

Word Origin and History for self-sustaining

1806, from self- + present participle of sustain (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper