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1. a band or entertainer not topping the bill
2. an actor or group of actors playing subordinate roles
3. the solid material on which a painting is executed, such as canvas



a device for mounting a motion-picture camera during filming or a still camera during shooting or for mounting a geodetic, astronomical, or other instrument during work with such an instrument.

The most widely used type of support is the collapsible tripod, which may be made of metal or wood. A camera or instrument is attached to a tripod by means of a projecting stud, which is screwed into a threaded socket in the base of the camera or instrument. As a rule, tripods are equipped with movable heads, which make it possible to mount a camera in various positions with respect to the vertical axis. In professional motion-picture filming, panoramic heads are also used.

Portable devices are also used as camera supports (seeTRAVELING SHOTS, EOUIPMENT FOR). During filming with a handheld motion-picture camera, a gunpod, which fits into the cameraman’s shoulder, is often used.

In a number of cases, a clamp may be used as a support for a still camera. A clamp is employed to attach a camera to the back of a chair, to the edge of a table, or to some other firmly standing object.

The use of camera supports permits exposures longer than 1/30 sec.



The support of a real-valued function ƒ on a topological space is the closure of the set of points where ƒ is not zero.


After-sale handholding; something many software vendors promise but few deliver. To hackers, most support people are useless - because by the time a hacker calls support he or she will usually know the software and the relevant manuals better than the support people (sadly, this is *not* a joke or exaggeration). A hacker's idea of "support" is a t?te-?-t?te or exchange of electronic mail with the software's designer.


(1) See tech support.

(2) A widely used term in the industry to mean "to provide the capabilities for" or "to interface to" or "to include some function."

Hardware Supports...
The phrase "device X supports Y" means that X contains built-in circuitry to perform Y or it can interface to a module that does. For example, "the CPU supports multiprocessing" means it has multiprocessing capabilities built in. "The computer supports Ethernet" means the computer includes Ethernet capability and can plug into an Ethernet network.

Software Supports...
The phrase "program X supports Y" means that X includes routines to perform the Y operation or to interface to another program that does. For example, if a development system "supports Windows," the system is used to create Windows applications. "Application X supports database Y" means that X can connect to Y and has built-in routines to interact with it.
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The entire sibling support experience strengthened my internal voice and my external voice in being able to speak about my brother.
The final definition of the SibQol concept should enhance development of sibling support programs.
Overall, these findings provide support for theories that have integrated contextual factors, such as sibling support, parental support, and university composition, and that show how these variables contribute to young adults' career decision making and development.
Naturally devastated, Roxeanne needs all of the sibling support she can get as she tries to maneuver through France's sexist, Napoleonic divorce procedures while in full hormonal imbalance (``I can't believe this, I'm in a Balzac novel,'' she wails at one stress point).
TWO sisters proved that sibling support makes all the difference when they hit their slimming targets on the same night - the first in their class to do so.
A sibling support group will be facilitated by school psychologist Stephanie Smith during the parent meeting.
In addition, graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling should perhaps include more coursework related to sibling support and its possible role in increased quality of life for persons with disabilities.
This finding is consistent with earlier research on sibling support which found that sisters are only slightly more likely than brothers to provide social support (Connidis, 1989; Horwitz, 1993; Horwitz, Tessler, Fisher, & Gamache, 1992).
Beckstrand Cancer Foundation was recently recognized as a "Profiles of Courage Honoree" for its collaboration with JJCCC over the years: Supporting its school reintegration program; teen and sibling support groups; providing educational materials, DVDs and laptop computers for the pediatric hematology/oncology unit; developing an art therapy program; and assisting families with financial assistance for food, shelter, transportation and medical-related expenses.
Thanks to Harry, there is now a unique sibling support group for other young people in his position.
Additionally, the money will provide direct financial support for medically-related expenses and a Sibling Support Specialist to assist the brothers and sisters of the critically-ill child.