sustain

  • 1 Sustain — is a parameter of musical sound in time. As its name may imply, it denotes the period of time during which the sound is sustained before it becomes inaudible, or silent.Furthermore, sustain is the third of the four segments in an ADSR envelope.… …

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  • 2 sustain — sus·tain /sə stān/ vt 1: to support as true, legal, or just 2: to allow or uphold as valid sustain an objection compare overrule 1 sus·tain·able adj Merri …

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  • 3 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 }) +… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 sustain — sus‧tain [səˈsteɪn] verb [transitive] 1. if a company sustains losses or other difficulties, it has them: • Like other insurance companies, we have sustained heavy losses. • The record industry sustained a sales …

    Financial and business terms

  • 5 sustain — Fowler s view in 1926 was that ‘sustain as a synonym for suffer or receive or get belongs to the class of formal words, and is better avoided’, and its use in the contexts of injuries, losses, hardship, etc., is still widely disliked. Fowler was… …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 sustain — [sə stān′] vt. [ME susteinen < OFr sustenir < L sustinere < sus (see SUB ), under + tenere, to hold (see THIN)] 1. to keep in existence; keep up; maintain or prolong [to sustain a mood] 2. to provide for the support of; specif., to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Sustain — Sus*tain , n. One who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I waked again, for my sustain was the Lord. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 sustain — [v1] keep up, maintain aid, approve, assist, back, bankroll, bear, befriend, bolster, brace, buoy, buttress, carry, comfort, confirm, continue, convey, defend, endorse, favor, feed, foster, go for, help, keep alive, keep from falling, keep going …

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  • 9 sustain — late 13c., from O.Fr. sustenir hold up, endure, from L. sustinere hold up, support, endure, from sub up from below + tenere to hold (see TENET (Cf. tenet)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 sustain — 1 *support, prop, bolster, buttress, brace Analogous words: *continue, persist, endure, abide: uphold, back (see SUPPORT): *prove, demonstrate Antonyms: subvert 2 *experience, un …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 sustain — ► VERB 1) strengthen or support physically or mentally. 2) bear (the weight of an object). 3) suffer (something unpleasant). 4) keep (something) going over time or continuously. 5) confirm that (something) is just or valid. DERIVATIVES sustainer… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 Sustain — Der Begriff Sustain (englisch für Aufrechterhalten, Aushalten) bezeichnet in der Akustik bestimmte Aspekte des Klangverhaltens von Klangerzeugern. Der Begriff hat zwei unterschiedliche Bedeutungen, je nachdem ob es sich um analog oder digital… …

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  • 13 sustain — 01. The cheetah can run at speeds of over 80 km/h, but can only [sustain] that speed for a very short time. 02. We need to find a [sustainable] energy source to replace our fossils fuels because eventually there won t be any oil or gas left. 03.… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 sustain — sus|tain W3 [səˈsteın] v [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(make something continue)¦ 2¦(suffer)¦ 3¦(food/drink)¦ 4¦(give strength)¦ 5¦(weight)¦ 6¦(idea)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: sustenir, from Latin sustinere …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 sustain — verb (T) 1 MAKE STH CONTINUE to make something continue to exist over a period of time; maintain (1): The teacher tried hard to sustain the children s interest. see also: sustained 2 GIVE STRENGTH to make it possible for someone to stay strong or …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 sustain — verb ADVERB ▪ no longer ▪ The soil was so badly eroded it could no longer sustain crop production. ▪ barely ▪ indefinitely ▪ still …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 sustain */*/ — UK [səˈsteɪn] / US verb [transitive] Word forms sustain : present tense I/you/we/they sustain he/she/it sustains present participle sustaining past tense sustained past participle sustained 1) to provide the conditions in which something can… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 Sustain — Sus|tain 〈[səstɛın] n. 15〉 Zeit, in der mit dem Synthesizer ein Ton ohne Abweichung gehalten wird, Abklingeffektschaltung [<engl. sustain „den Ton halten“] * * * Sus|tain [səs teɪn], das; s, s [engl. sustain, zu: to sustain = einen Ton halten …

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  • 19 sustain — [[t]səste͟ɪn[/t]] ♦♦♦ sustains, sustaining, sustained 1) VERB If you sustain something, you continue it or maintain it for a period of time. [V n] But he has sustained his fierce social conscience from young adulthood through old age... [V n] The …

    English dictionary

  • 20 sustain — verb 1) the balcony might not sustain the weight Syn: bear, support, carry, stand, keep up, prop up, shore up, underpin 2) her memories sustained her Syn: comfort, help, assist, enco …

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