sustaining

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

sustaining

  1. present participle of sustain
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 20, in The Dust of Conflict[1]:
      Tony's face expressed relief, and Nettie sat silent for a moment until the vicar said “It was a generous impulse, but it may have been a momentary one, while in the case of monk and crusader there must have been a sustaining purpose, and possibly a great abnegation, a leaving of lands and possessions.”

Noun[edit]

sustaining (plural sustainings)

  1. The process by which something is sustained or upheld.
    • 2012, Alan Ryan, On Politics
      Beginnings are very different from sustainings; the irregular, often violent, and improvised actions of the founder hero must be succeeded by the regular election of leaders according to law.

Adjective[edit]

sustaining (comparative more sustaining, superlative most sustaining)

  1. That sustains, supports or provides sustenance.
    • 1641, John Milton, Of Prelatical Episcopacy, London: Thomas Underhill, p. 24,[2]
      [] eternall life, the end of all our wearisome labours, and all our sustaining hopes.
    • 1771, Elizabeth Griffith, The History of Lady Barton, London: T. Davies & T. Cadell, Volume 2, Letter 31, p. 21,[3]
      I turned quick to look for him, and saw him coming towards me, with another gentleman—But I saw no more, my senses forsook me; in spite of Maria’s sustaining arm, I fell motionless on the ground.
    • 1850, Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, Chapter 58,[4]
      Sometimes, I had proceeded restlessly from place to place, stopping nowhere; sometimes, I had lingered long in one spot. I had had no purpose, no sustaining soul within me, anywhere.
    • 1929, Josephine Tey, The Man in the Queue, New York: Pocket Book, 1977, Chapter 1, p. 5,[5]
      They laughed and chattered, and passed each other sustaining bits of chocolate in torn silver paper.
    • 1988, Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library, New York: Vintage, 1989, Chapter 8,
      [] I was thirsty & went to sit in the shade of the tea-terrace. The tea, served impractically in a glass, was refreshing, somehow muddy & more sustaining than tea I am used to.