- ( Canada ) IPA: /ˈmeɪntɪnəns/
- IPA: /ˈmeɪntənəns/, X-SAMPA: /"meInt@n@ns/
- Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service
- ( law ) A tort committed when a third party who does not have a bona fide interest in a lawsuit provides help or acquires an interest to a litigant's lawsuit .
- ( law ) A provision ordered to be made by way of periodical payments or a lump sum, as after a divorce for a spouse .
maintenance ( plural: maintenances )
Explanation of maintenance by Wordnet Dictionary
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
- Maintenance n. [OF. maintenance. See Maintain.]
1. The act of maintaining; sustenance; support; defense; vindication.
Whatsoever is granted to the church for God's honor and the maintenance of his service, is granted to God. South.
2. That which maintains or supports; means of sustenance; supply of necessaries and conveniences.
Those of better fortune not making learning their maintenance. Swift.
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.
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.
5. Payments, such as child support or alimony, to a dependent child not living with one or to a divorced wife.
Cap of maintenance. See under Cap.
Definition of maintenance by GCIDE Dictionary