maintenance maintenance  /ˈmeɪn tə nəns/


  1. (n) activity involved in maintaining something in good working order
  2. (n) means of maintenance of a family or group
  3. (n) court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
  4. (n) the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence
  5. (n) the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community


  1. Taking a cue from the success of methadone maintenance treatment for heroin, researchers are testing whether substitute stimulants can help cocaine and methamphetamine addicts.
  2. PTI was when the maintenance problem of armies consisted of little more than shoeing horses and hammering out the dents in a knight's armor.
  3. A maintenance backlog that was supposed to be cleared up this year will last at least until 1985.


  1. Military Training, Maintenance Hit Hardest by $37 Billion Cuts

    Pentagon operations and maintenance spending will be hit hardest by the $37.2 billion of automatic cuts known as sequestration, according to a report by the Defense Department’s comptroller.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  2. Lufthansa Maintenance Arm Seeking Out Discount Carriers

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA) ’s maintenance arm said it’s increasingly targeting contracts with low-cost carriers as collapses and consolidation erode its traditional customer base.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  3. Maintenance worker dies at Wisconsin golf course after tree branch falls on him

    YORKVILLE, Wis. — A maintenance worker at a southeastern Wisconsin golf course has died after a tree branch fell on him. A 911 caller Thursday reported the tree had fallen on the worker at the Racine County Ives Grove Golf Course.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune


  1. In a statement, McClanahan said she regretted missing the tribute: "Unfortunately, my doctor has laid down the law, and I'm currently in the hospital having some maintenance on the old ticker." "Trust me, I'd much rather be in San Francisco...
    on Nov 6, 2009 By: Rue McClanahan Source: BBC News

  2. ...Lavrov said a stalemate at the Conference on Disarmament on issues from atomic bombs to space weapons can be broken now that the US administration is "in favor of multilateral approaches to the maintenance of international security and...
    on Mar 7, 2009 By: Sergey Lavrov Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "I'ma guerrilla gardener, but I'm mostly just a maintenance guy," LaBonge said. "I pull weeds when I'm out walking. Everyone is welcome to do it. The city needs help."
    on Jul 4, 2008 By: Tom LaBonge Source: International Herald Tribune

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