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maintenance Explained

maintenance at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


maintenance at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1369, "bearing, deportment," from O.Fr. maintenance, from maintenir (see maintain). Meaning "action of upholding or keeping in being" is from 1413. "Action of providing a person with the necessities of life" is from 1389. ///

maintenance at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W3S2 n [U]
1 the repairs, painting etc that are necessary to keep something in good condition: --the cost of repairs and maintenance// maintenance of// --The caretaker is responsible for the maintenance of the school buildings.// --The theatres were closed on Saturday and Sunday for routine maintenance .// --Engineers are carrying out essential maintenance work on the main line to Cambridge.// --an evening class in car maintenance // maintenance crew/man/staff (=someone who looks after buildings and equipment for a school or company) //
2 the act of making a state or situation continue: maintenance of// --The purpose of the UN is the maintenance of international peace and security.// --The maintenance of a firm currency plays an important part in the battle against inflation.//
3 BrE money paid by someone who is divorced to their former wife or husband: alimony// --They have to find the fathers who abandon their children and make them pay maintenance.//

maintenance at French => English Of Explained:


maintenance at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

128 Moby Thesaurus words for "maintenance":
TLC, abidingness, age, aid, alimentation, alimony, allowance,
antiquity, backing, bottling up, bread, care, carriage, carrying,
conservancy, conservation, conservationism, constancy,
continualness, continuance, continuation, continuity, contribution,
corking up, daily bread, defeat of time, defiance of time,
diuturnity, durability, durableness, duration, economic support,
endowment, endurance, environmental conservation, extension,
forest conservation, forest management, holding, holding in,
inhibition, keep, keeping, lastingness, lengthening, livelihood,
living, locking in, long standing, long-lastingness,
long-livedness, longevity, maintaining, manna, meat, moral support,
mothering, nourishment, nurture, paying the bills, perdurability,
perennation, permanence, perpetuation, perpetuity, perseverance,
persistence, prehension, preserval, preservation, price support,
progress, progression, prolongation, protection, protraction,
provision, psychological support, pursuance, reliance, repetition,
repression, retainment, retention, retentiveness, retentivity, run,
safekeeping, salt, salvage, salvation, saving, security blanket,
soil conservation, stability, standing, standing treat,
staying power, steadfastness, stipend, straight course,
stream conservation, subsidization, subsidy, subsistence,
subvention, support, supportive relationship, supportive therapy,
suppression, survival, survivance, sustained action, sustaining,
sustainment, sustenance, sustentation, tenacity,
tender loving care, treat, uninterrupted course, unremittingness,
upholding, upkeep, water conservation, way, wetlands conservation,
wildlife conservation

maintenance at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Permanence): stability, quiescence, obstinacy, permanence, persistence, endurance, durability, standing, status quo, maintenance, preservation, conservation, conservation.

[N] (Agency): agency, operation, force, working, strain, function, office, maintenance, exercise, work, swing, play, interaction, procurement, causation, instrumentality, influence, action, willfulness, modus operandi.

[N] (Preservation): preservation, safe-keeping, conservation, storage, maintenance, support, conservatism, prophylaxis, preservative.

maintenance at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun [U]
1 ~ (of sth) the act of keeping sth in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly:
The school pays for heating and the maintenance of the buildings. * car maintenance
2 ~ (of sth) the act of making a state or situation continue:
the maintenance of international peace
3 (BrE, law) money that sb must pay regularly to their former wife, husband or partner, especially when they have had children together:
He has to pay maintenance to his ex-wife. * child maintenance * a maintenance order (= given by a court of law)
see also ALIMONY

MAINTENANCE at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

MAINTENANCE, quasi contracts. The support which one person, who is bound by
law to do so, gives to another for his living; for example, a father is
bound to find maintenance for his children; and a child is required by law
to maintain his father or mother when they cannot support themselves, and he
has ability to maintain them. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 284-6.

MAINTENANCE, crimes. A malicious, or at least, officious interference in a
suit in which the offender has no interest, to assist one of the parties to
it against the other, with money or advice to prosecute or defend the
action, without any authority of law. 1 Russ. Cr. 176.
2. But there are many acts in the nature of maintenance, which become
justifiable from the circumstances under which they are done. They may be
justified, 1. Because the party has an interest in the thing in variance; as
when he has a bare contingency in the lands in question, which possibly may
never come in esse. Bac. Ab. h.t. 2. Because the party is of kindred or
affinity, as father, son, or heir apparent, or husband or wife. 3. Because
the relation of landlord and tenant or master and servant subsists between
the party to the suit and the person who assists him. 4. Because the money
is given out of charity. 1 Bailey, S. C. Rep. 401. 5. Because the person
assisting the party to the suit is an attorney or counsellor: the assistance
to be rendered must, however, be strictly professional, for a lawyer is not
more justified in giving his client money than another man. 1 Russ. Cr. 179.
Bac. Ab Maintenance: Bro. Maintenance. This offence is punishable by fine
and imprisonment. 4 Black Com. 124; 2 Swift's Dig. 328; Bac. Ab. h.t. Vide 3
Hawks, 86; 1 Greenl. 292; 11 Mass. 553, 6 Mass. 421; 5 Pick. 359; 5 Monr.
413; 6 Cowen, 431; 4 Wend. 806; 14 John. R. 124; 3 Cowen, 647; 3 John. Ch.
R. 508 7 D. & R. 846; 5 B. & C. 188.

Maintenance at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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}.

maintenance at English => English (Computer) Of Explained:


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.


maintenance at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: activity involved in maintaining something in good working
order; "he wrote the manual on car care" [syn: {care}, {upkeep}]
2: means of maintenance of a family or group
3: court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after
they are separated [syn: {alimony}]
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" [syn: {sustenance}, {sustentation},
{sustainment}, {upkeep}]

maintenance at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a

Alternative forms

* maintenaunce


From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » mayntenaunce|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » maintenance|lang=fro, from Inter: term » maintenir|lang=fro, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » |manus tenere|to hold in the hand.
Note that Inter: term » maintain|lang=en has undergone a sound and spelling change, hence spelt with -tain-, rather than the -ten- still found in maintenance.


* Inter: a » Canada Inter: IPA » /ˈmeɪntɪnəns/
  • Inter: IPA » /ˈmeɪntənəns/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"meInt@n@ns/
  • Inter: audio » En-us-maintenance.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service
    1. Inter: lega » l A tort committed when a third party who does not have a bona fide interest in a lawsuit provides help or acquires an interest to a litigant's lawsuit.
    2. Inter: lega » l A provision ordered to be made by way of periodical payments or a lump sum, as after a divorce for a spouse.

      Related terms

      * maintain


      Inter: trans-top » keeping a machine in service

  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|صيانة|f|tr=Siyaana
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|manteniment|m
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|保養|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|保养|tr=bǎoyǎng|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|維持|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|维持|tr=wéichí|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|保守|tr=bǎoshǒu|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|údržba|f
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|vedligeholdelse|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|onderhoud|n, Inter: t- » nl|handhaving|f
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|hooldus
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|huolto, Inter: t+ » fi|kunnossapito
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|entretien|m, Inter: t+ » fr|maintenance|f
  • Galician: Inter: t+ » gl|mantemento {{m}}
  • German: Inter: t- » de|Instandhaltung|f, Inter: t+ » de|Wartung|f
  • Hungarian: szervíz, Inter: t+ » hu|karbantartás
  • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|coinneáil|f

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|manutenzione|f
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|保守|tr=hoshu, Inter: t+ » ja|維持|tr=iji
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|보존|tr=bojon|sc=Hang
    • Kurdish:
    • : Sorani: Inter: t- » ku|خزمه‌ت|tr=xizmet|sc=ku-Arab
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|vedlikehold|n
    • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|konserwacja|f
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|manutenção|f
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|обслуживание|n|tr=obsluživanije, Inter: t+ » ru|ремонт|m|tr=remónt
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|gleidheadh|m, Inter: t- » gd|cumail suas|f
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|održavanje|n
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|mantenimiento|m
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|underhåll|n
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|bakım

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » tort
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|hævdelse|c, Inter: t- » da|forsvar|n

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » ar: Inter: Arab » صيانة Inter: IPAchar » (ʂiyāna) {{f}}
    • Inter: ttbc » ja: 手入れ (ていれ, teire)
    • Inter: ttbc » no: vedlikehold
    • Inter: ttbc » ro: întreținere {{f}}

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * high-maintenance
  • low-maintenance
  • maintenance window

    External links

    * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
  • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1
  • Inter: R:OneLoo » k

  • French


    From verb maintenir, maintenoir "to maintain" and suffix -ance.


    * Inter: audio » Fr-Paris--maintenance.ogg|Audio (Paris)


    Inter: fr-noun » f
  • maintenance

  • Translation: am » maintenance
    Translation: et » maintenance
    Translation: el » maintenance
    Translation: es » maintenance
    Translation: eo » maintenance
    Translation: fa » maintenance
    Translation: fr » maintenance
    Translation: ko » maintenance
    Translation: io » maintenance
    Translation: id » maintenance
    Translation: it » maintenance
    Translation: kn » maintenance
    Translation: li » maintenance
    Translation: hu » maintenance
    Translation: mg » maintenance
    Translation: ml » maintenance
    Translation: my » maintenance
    Translation: ja » maintenance
    Translation: pl » maintenance
    Translation: ru » maintenance
    Category: simple:maintenance -
    Translation: fi » maintenance
    Translation: sv » maintenance
    Translation: ta » maintenance
    Translation: te » maintenance
    Translation: vi » maintenance
    Translation: zh » maintenance