sustenance
1. [ noun ] (food) a source of materials to nourish the body
Synonyms: nourishment alimentation aliment victuals nutrition nutriment
Related terms: food meal dish vitamin dainty mess milk vitamin_pill stodge finger_food mince kosher course puree ingesta fast_food wheat_germ nourish nutrify
2. [ noun ] the financial means whereby one lives
Synonyms: support living livelihood bread_and_butter keep
Examples:

"each child was expected to pay for their keep" "he applied to the state for support" "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

Related terms: resource comforts subsistence maintenance meal_ticket sustain
3. [ noun ] the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence
Synonyms: sustainment maintenance upkeep sustentation
Examples:

"they were in want of sustenance" "fishing was their main sustainment"

Related terms: support sustain
Similar spelling:   sustainable
  sustentation