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 for maintenance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Maintenance \Main"te*nance\, n. [OF. maintenance. See
     Maintain.]
     1. The act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense;
        vindication.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Whatsoever is granted to the church for God's honor
              and the maintenance of his service, is granted to
              God.                                  --South.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. That which maintains or supports; means of sustenance;
        supply of necessaries and conveniences.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Those of better fortune not making learning their
              maintenance.                          --Swift.
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     3. (Crim. Law) An officious or unlawful intermeddling in a
        cause depending between others, by assisting either party
        with money or means to carry it on. See Champerty.
        --Wharton.
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     4. Those actions required for the care of machinery, a
        building, etc., to keep it clean and in proper functioning
        condition, and to prevent or forestall damage due to
        normal use.
        [PJC]
  
     5. Payments, such as child support or alimony, to a dependent
        child not living with one or to a divorced wife.
        [PJC]
  
     Cap of maintenance. See under Cap.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  maintenance
      n 1: activity involved in maintaining something in good working
           order; "he wrote the manual on car care" [syn: care,
           maintenance, upkeep]
      2: means of maintenance of a family or group
      3: court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after
         they are separated [syn: alimony, maintenance]
      4: the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of
         subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was
         their main sustainment" [syn: sustenance, sustentation,
         sustainment, maintenance, upkeep]
      5: 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; "unlike champerty, criminal
         maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit"
         [syn: maintenance, criminal maintenance]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  128 Moby Thesaurus words for "maintenance":
     TLC, abidingness, age, aid, alimentation, alimony, allowance,
     antiquity, backing, bottling up, bread, care, carriage, carrying,
     conservancy, conservation, conservationism, constancy,
     continualness, continuance, continuation, continuity, contribution,
     corking up, daily bread, defeat of time, defiance of time,
     diuturnity, durability, durableness, duration, economic support,
     endowment, endurance, environmental conservation, extension,
     forest conservation, forest management, holding, holding in,
     inhibition, keep, keeping, lastingness, lengthening, livelihood,
     living, locking in, long standing, long-lastingness,
     long-livedness, longevity, maintaining, manna, meat, moral support,
     mothering, nourishment, nurture, paying the bills, perdurability,
     perennation, permanence, perpetuation, perpetuity, perseverance,
     persistence, prehension, preserval, preservation, price support,
     progress, progression, prolongation, protection, protraction,
     provision, psychological support, pursuance, reliance, repetition,
     repression, retainment, retention, retentiveness, retentivity, run,
     safekeeping, salt, salvage, salvation, saving, security blanket,
     soil conservation, stability, standing, standing treat,
     staying power, steadfastness, stipend, straight course,
     stream conservation, subsidization, subsidy, subsistence,
     subvention, support, supportive relationship, supportive therapy,
     suppression, survival, survivance, sustained action, sustaining,
     sustainment, sustenance, sustentation, tenacity,
     tender loving care, treat, uninterrupted course, unremittingness,
     upholding, upkeep, water conservation, way, wetlands conservation,
     wildlife conservation
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  maintenance
  
      The modification of a software product, after
     delivery, to correct faults, to improve performance or other
     attributes, or to adapt the product to a changed environment.
  
     Maintenance is an important part of the software life-cycle.
     It is expensive in manpower and resources, and one of the aims
     of software engineering is to reduce its cost.
  
     (1996-12-27)
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MAINTENANCE, quasi contracts. The support which one person, who is bound by 
  law to do so, gives to another for his living; for example, a father is 
  bound to find maintenance for his children; and a child is required by law 
  to maintain his father or mother when they cannot support themselves, and he 
  has ability to maintain them. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 284-6. 
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MAINTENANCE, crimes. A malicious, or at least, officious interference in a 
  suit in which the offender has no interest, to assist one of the parties to 
  it against the other, with money or advice to prosecute or defend the 
  action, without any authority of law. 1 Russ. Cr. 176. 
       2. But there are many acts in the nature of maintenance, which become 
  justifiable from the circumstances under which they are done. They may be 
  justified, 1. Because the party has an interest in the thing in variance; as 
  when he has a bare contingency in the lands in question, which possibly may 
  never come in esse. Bac. Ab. h.t. 2. Because the party is of kindred or 
  affinity, as father, son, or heir apparent, or husband or wife. 3. Because 
  the relation of landlord and tenant or master and servant subsists between 
  the party to the suit and the person who assists him. 4. Because the money 
  is given out of charity. 1 Bailey, S. C. Rep. 401. 5. Because the person 
  assisting the party to the suit is an attorney or counsellor: the assistance 
  to be rendered must, however, be strictly professional, for a lawyer is not 
  more justified in giving his client money than another man. 1 Russ. Cr. 179. 
  Bac. Ab Maintenance: Bro. Maintenance. This offence is punishable by fine 
  and imprisonment. 4 Black Com. 124; 2 Swift's Dig. 328; Bac. Ab. h.t. Vide 3 
  Hawks, 86; 1 Greenl. 292; 11 Mass. 553, 6 Mass. 421; 5 Pick. 359; 5 Monr. 
  413; 6 Cowen, 431; 4 Wend. 806; 14 John. R. 124; 3 Cowen, 647; 3 John. Ch. 
  R. 508 7 D. & R. 846; 5 B. & C. 188. 
  
  

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