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Wordnet 3.0


1. maintained at length without interruption or weakening;
- Example: "sustained flight"

2. (of an electric arc) continuous;
- Example: "heat transfer to the anode in free burning arcs"
[syn: free burning, sustained]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sustain \Sus*tain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sustained; p. pr. & vb. n. Sustaining.] [OE. sustenen, susteinen, OF. sustenir, sostenir, F. soutenir (the French prefix is properly fr. L. subtus below, fr. sub under), L. sustinere; pref. sus- (see Sub-) + tenere to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Sustenance.] 1. To keep from falling; to bear; to uphold; to support; as, a foundation sustains the superstructure; a beast sustains a load; a rope sustains a weight. [1913 Webster] Every pillar the temple to sustain. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to keep from sinking, as in despondence, or the like; to support. [1913 Webster] No comfortable expectations of another life to sustain him under the evils in this world. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 3. To maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish; as, provisions to sustain an army. [1913 Webster] 4. To aid, comfort, or relieve; to vindicate. --Shak. [1913 Webster] His sons, who seek the tyrant to sustain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 5. To endure without failing or yielding; to bear up under; as, to sustain defeat and disappointment. [1913 Webster] 6. To suffer; to bear; to undergo. [1913 Webster] Shall Turnus, then, such endless toil sustain? --Dryden. [1913 Webster] You shall sustain more new disgraces. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. To allow the prosecution of; to admit as valid; to sanction; to continue; not to dismiss or abate; as, the court sustained the action or suit. [1913 Webster] 8. To prove; to establish by evidence; to corroborate or confirm; to be conclusive of; as, to sustain a charge, an accusation, or a proposition. [1913 Webster] Syn: To support; uphold; subsist; assist; relieve; suffer; undergo. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sustained \Sus*tained"\, a. Held up to a certain pitch, degree, or level; uniform; as, sustained pasion; a sustained style of writing; a sustained note in music. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sustained adj 1: maintained at length without interruption or weakening; "sustained flight" 2: (of an electric arc) continuous; "heat transfer to the anode in free burning arcs" [syn: free burning, sustained]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

86 Moby Thesaurus words for "sustained": abiding, based on, bolstered, borne, braced, buttressed, ceaseless, changeless, chattering, constant, continual, continued, continuing, continuous, durable, enduring, even, firm, fixed, founded on, frozen, grounded on, guyed, held, immobile, immutable, incessant, indefatigable, intact, interminable, inviolate, lasting, level, machine gun, maintained, oscillating, perennial, permanent, perpetual, persistent, prolonged, propped, pulsating, quiescent, rapid, regular, remaining, repeated, rigid, shored up, solid, stable, staccato, static, stationary, stayed, staying, steadfast, steady, sticking, stuttering, supported, torpid, unaltered, unbroken, unceasing, unchangeable, unchanged, unchanging, unchecked, undestroyed, undying, unfading, unfailing, uniform, unintermitted, unintermittent, unintermitting, uninterrupted, unremitting, unshifting, unstopped, unvaried, unvarying, upheld, vibrating