verb (used with object)
to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure.
to bear (a burden, charge, etc.).
to undergo, experience, or suffer (injury, loss, etc.); endure without giving way or yielding.
to keep (a person, the mind, the spirits, etc.) from giving way, as under trial or affliction.
to keep up or keep going, as an action or process:
to sustain a conversation.
to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life.
to provide for (an institution or the like) by furnishing means or funds.
to support (a cause or the like) by aid or approval.
to uphold as valid, just, or correct, as a claim or the person making it:
The judge sustained the lawyer’s objection.
to confirm or corroborate, as a statement:
Further investigation sustained my suspicions.
to hold up under; withstand: to sustain great provocation
to undergo (an injury, loss, etc); suffer: to sustain a broken arm
to maintain or prolong: to sustain a discussion
to support physically from below
to provide for or give support to, esp by supplying necessities: to sustain one’s family, to sustain a charity
to keep up the vitality or courage of
to uphold or affirm the justice or validity of: to sustain a decision
to establish the truth of; confirm
(music) the prolongation of a note, by playing technique or electronics
noun 1. means of sustaining life; nourishment. 2. means of livelihood. 3. the process of sustaining. 4. the state of being sustained. noun 1. means of sustaining health or life; nourishment 2. means of maintenance; livelihood 3. Also sustention (səˈstɛnʃən). the act or process of sustaining or the quality of being sustained
[suhs-tuh n-tak-yuh-ler] /ˌsʌs tənˈtæk yə lər/ adjective, Anatomy. 1. supporting. sustentacular /ˌsʌstɛnˈtækjʊlə/ adjective 1. (anatomy) (of fibres, cells, etc) supporting or forming a support sustentacular sus·ten·tac·u·lar (sŭs’tən-tāk’yə-lər, -těn-) adj. Serving to support.
- Sustentacular cell
sustentacular cell n. One of the supporting cells of an epithelial membrane or tissue.
sustentaculum sus·ten·tac·u·lum (sŭs’tən-tāk’yə-ləm, -těn-) n. pl. sus·ten·tac·u·la (-lə) An anatomical structure that supports another anatomical structure.