Word of the day: sustain
Definition: v.tr. support, bear the weight of, esp. for a long period.
Synonyms: prolong, keep up
Etymology: ME f. AF sustein-, OF so(u)stein- stressed stem of so(u)stenir f. L sustinere sustent- (as SUB-, tenere hold) (more…)
from Oxford: sustain
1 support, bear the weight of, esp. for a long period.
2 give strength to; encourage, support.
3 (of food) give nourishment to.
4 endure, stand; bear up against.
5 undergo or suffer (defeat or injury etc.).
6 (of a court etc.) uphold or decide in favour of (an objection etc.).
7 substantiate or corroborate (a statement or charge).
8 maintain or keep (a sound, effort, etc.) going continuously.
9 continue to represent (a part, character, etc.) adequately.
Derivatives: sustainable adj. sustainedly adv. sustainer n. sustainment n.
Etymology: ME f. AF sustein-, OF so(u)stein- stressed stem of so(u)stenir f. L sustinere sustent- (as SUB-, tenere hold)
from Wordnet: sustain
v 1: lengthen or extend in duration or space; “We sustained the diplomatic negociations as long as possible”; “prolong the treatment of the patient”; “keep up the good work” [syn: prolong, keep up]
2: undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); “She suffered a fracture in the accident”; “He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars”; “She got a bruise on her leg”; “He got his arm broken in the scuffle” [syn: suffer, have, get]
3: provide with nourishment; “We sustained ourselves on bread and water”; “This kind of food is not nourishing for young children” [syn: nourish, nurture]
4: supply with necessities and support: “She alone sustained her family”; “The money will sustain our good cause”; “There’s little to earn and many to keep” [syn: keep, maintain]
5: be the physical support of; carry the weight of; “The beam holds up the roof”; “He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam”; “What’s holding that mirror?” [syn: hold, support, hold up]
6: admit as valid; “The court sustained the motion”
7: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; “his story confirmed my doubts”; “The evidence supports the defendant” [syn: confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, affirm] [ant: negate]
from Wikipedia: sustain; thumb|213px|Schematic of ADSRIn music, sustain is a parameter of musical sound over time. As its name implies, it denotes the period of time during which the sound remains before it becomes inaudible, or silent.Additionally, sustain is the third of the four segments in an ADSR envelope. The sustain portion of the ADSR envelope begins when the attack and decay portions have run their course, and continues until the key is released. The sustain control is used to determine the level at which the envelope will remain. While the attack, decay, and release controls are rate or time controls, the sustain control is a level control.
Quote of the day: A man reservesreserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrifiedelectrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsydrowsy. by George Jean Nathan
Birthday of the day: Louis IX of France; Louis IX (25 April 1214 – 25 August 1270), commonly Saint Louis, was King of France from 1226 until his death. He was also styled Louis II, Count of Artois from 1226 to 1237. Born at Poissy, near Paris, he was a member of the House of Capet, the son of Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile. He worked with the Parliament of Paris in order to improve the professionalism of his administration in regards to legal actions.
Joke of the day: One day a boy asked his grandpa ‘grandpa make a frog sound’ The grandfather asked why? The boy said, ‘Grandma says when you croak we are going to Hawaii’
Thought of the day: The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.
Fact of the day: 404 BC – Peloponnesian War: Lysander’s Spartan Armies defeated the Athenians and the war ends.
Biography of the day: Shelby Foote; Shelby Foote (17 Nov. 1916-27 June 2005), writer and historian, was born in Greenville, Mississippi, to Shelby Dade Foote and Lillian Rosenstock. His father, an executive with the meatpacking firm Armour and Company, came from an old and distinguished Mississippi family. The Footes lived in Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi, as well as towns in Alabama and Florida, during Shelby’s early childhood. After his father’s death in 1922, Shelby and his mother returned to Greenville.
Article of the day: Amphibians; Amphibians are a class of cold-blooded vertebrates, mostly four-limbed. They inhabit a wide variety of habitats in freshwater, on or under the ground, or in trees. Typically starting their lives as aquatic larvae with gills, they generally undergo metamorphosis into adults with air-breathing lungs. They use their skins as a secondary respiratory surface; some small terrestrial salamanders and frogs lack lungs and rely entirely on their skins. The earliest amphibians evolved in the Devonian Period from fish with lungs and bony-limbed fins. The three modern orders of amphibians are Anura (the frogs and toads), Caudata (the salamanders), and Gymnophiona (the caecilians). The number of known species is approximately 7,000, of which nearly 90% are frogs. The smallest living amphibian is a frog from New Guinea with a length of just. The largest is the Chinese giant salamander, but this is dwarfed by the extinct Prionosuchus from Brazil. With their complex reproductive needs and permeable skins, amphibians are often indicators of ecological disturbance, and in recent decades their populations have declined around the globe.
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