Oxford English Dictionary (online): Etymology. It comes from the earlier adjective sustenable and French forms of the word. First used as early as the 1600s
Definition(s): - Capable of being endured or borne; bearable
- Capable of being maintained or continued at a certain rate or level
Merriam-Webster Dictionary (online): circa1727
Defintion(s): - Capable of being sustained
- Of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged
- Of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods
Dictionary.com: Origin: sustain + -able
Definition(s): - Capable of being supported or upheld, as by having its weight borne from below
- Pertaining to a system that maintains its own viability by using techniques that allow for continual reuse
- Able to be maintained or kept going, as an action or process
- Able to be supported as with the basic necessities or sufficient funds
Oxford English Dictionary (online): Etymology. < INTERACT v. After action. First used in the 1830s.
Definition: - Reciprocal action; action or influence of persons or things on each other.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary (online): 1832
Definition: - Mutual or reciprocal action or influence
Dictionary.com: Origin: 1825-1835; inter + action
Definition(s): - reciprocal action, effect, or influence
- A. Physics. The direct effect that one kind of particle has on another, in particular, in inducing the emission or absorption of one particle by another
- B. The mathematical expression that specifies the nature and strength of this effect
Oxford English Dictionary (online): Etymology. Post classical Latin resilientia, classical Latin resilient-
Definition(s): - The action or an act of rebounding or springing back; rebound; recoil.
- The action of revolting or recoiling from something.
- The quality or fact of being able to recover quickly or easily from, or resist being affected by, a misfortune, shock, illness, etc.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary (online): First known use 1824
Definition(s): - The capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
- An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
Dictionary.com: Origin: 1620-30; Latin resili (ens), present participle of resilire to spring back, rebound + -ence
Definition(s): - The power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compress, or stretched; elasticity.
- Ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy