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sustainer

[suh-stey-ner] /səˈsteɪ nər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that sustains.
2.
Rocketry.
  1. any stage of a multistage rocket or guided missile that sustains flight after the burnout of the booster.
  2. the rocket engine or cluster of engines contained in such a stage.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English sosteynere. See sustain, -er1
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  • Exports had been an important sustainer for growth, but are losing steam as the world enters a recession.
British Dictionary definitions for sustainer

sustainer

/səˈsteɪnə/
noun
1.
a rocket engine that maintains the velocity of a space vehicle after the booster has been jettisoned
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