1. A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation. "His happiness is in his own keeping." (South)

2. Maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good keeping. "The work of many hands, which earns my keeping." (Milton)

3. Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in keeping with each other.

4. Harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art; as, the foreground of this painting is not in keeping. Keeping room, a family sitting room.

Synonyms: Care, guardianship, custody, possession.

(01 Mar 1998)

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