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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of sustain.
  • adj. held continuously at a certain level
  • adj. held at a certain pitch

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Held up to a certain pitch, degree, or level; uniform.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Kept up or maintained uniformly, as at one pitch or level, especially a high pitch, or at the same degree, especially a high degree.
  • In heraldry, same as supported: see also surmounted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. maintained at length without interruption or weakening
  • adj. (of an electric arc) continuous


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  • The name sustained an irreverent homage to the monarchy, armored with irony after his flight from fascist Europe.

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  • Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said the Gulf force is needed to counter what he called a sustained campaign'' by Iran in Bahrain.

    Bahrain: Gulf Troops Needed Against Iran Threat

  • So, it's what they call a sustained decline in economic growth.

    CNN Transcript Oct 18, 2007

  • PAUL GULLY, WHO: Well, what we're trying to identify, if it has occurred, is what we call sustained human-to-human transmission, i.e., one human giving it to another and giving it to another, and so on and so forth, because that would indicate that we have the potential for a pandemic.

    CNN Transcript May 24, 2006

  • PAUL GULLY, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: What we're trying to identify, if it has occurred is what we call sustained human to human transmission.

    CNN Transcript May 24, 2006

  • UYEKI: The viruses just do not have this ability to go from a person to another person to another person, what we call sustained person to person transmission.

    CNN Transcript Jan 24, 2006

  • UYEKI: So right now, it's a rare disease, but we're very, very concerned about what could happen in the future if this virus does acquire the ability to really go from person to person to person in what we call a sustained manner.

    CNN Transcript Dec 10, 2005

  • Also today, the Pentagon said the Army is gearing up for what it called sustained ground combat operations.

    CNN Transcript Sep 20, 2001

  • This is, of course, all intended to achieve what the United States says is its goal, which is to clear the way for what it calls sustained anti-terrorist operations combined with humanitarian relief for the Afghan people.

    CNN Transcript Oct 8, 2001

  • Sam Sheppard says evidence indicates all three cubs likely participated in what he called a sustained attack.

    Fore, right!


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