Note that maintain has undergone a sound and spelling change, hence is spelt with -tain-, rather than the -ten- still found in maintenance.
- Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service.
- 2019 October, Ian Walmsley, “Cleaning up”, in Modern Railways, page 42:
- They are all preventable by proper maintenance, but non-safety critical maintenance has to be evaluated, so failures are an accepted penalty for keeping maintenance costs down.
- (law) 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.
- (law, Britain) Alimony, a periodical payment or a lump sum made or ordered to be made to a spouse after a divorce.
- (law) Child support.
- Money required or spent to provide for the needs of a person or a family.
- (biology) The natural process which keeps an organism alive.
keeping a machine or system in service
legal: payment made to a spouse after a divorce — see alimony
child support — see child support
money to provide for the means of living
process of keeping an organism alive
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
Translations to be checked
- maintenance in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- maintenance in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- maintenance at OneLook Dictionary Search
maintenance f (plural maintenances)