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Pronunciation:  'meyntununs

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; "he wrote the manual on car care"
  2. [n]  the act of sustaining
  3. [n]  court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
  4. [n]  means of maintenance of a family or group

MAINTENANCE is a 11 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: alimony, care, sustainment, sustenance, sustentation, upkeep
 See Also: bread and butter, camera care, car care, fix, fixing, fixture, inspection and repair, keep, livelihood, living, mending, overhaul, pump priming, repair, reparation, scheduled maintenance, service, steam fitting, support, support, support payment, sustenance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.

Computing Dictionary

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.

Thesaurus Terms
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