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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
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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.


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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.
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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.
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(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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While these proposals are now more prevalent, their support levels remain relatively low as they averaged only 12% of "for "votes.
I think the DFM index is likely to target its support levels of around 2,720 and 2,550 during the third quarter," he said.
I am looking at 8,150 as the next support level. We might have a technical rally as bargain-hunters come in, but weakness will continue for a while,' said Manuel Lisbona, president of PNB Securities.
The AUD/USD pivot point is 0.9370, with resistance levels at 0.9375, 0.9379 and 0.9384; and support levels 0.9366, 0.9361 and 0.9357.
Stocks have also been easily passing through technical support levels, with the S&P 500 most recently taking out the April 18th low of 1,294.70, leaving analysts to eye the 1,250 level as the next area of support.
Yesterday the market lowered to the last stronghold of the support levels, which was at the level of 1,450 points of the RTS index.
Widespread prepayments have washed many loans out of private pass-throughs, leaving credit support levels extremely high.
Next support levels to watch in that event would be at $1724.80, the $1700 area, $1681.51, and the $1650 area.
Local stock brokerage Papa Securities said the index had gone down sharply after breaching the key support levels at 8,300 and 8,260 levels, the next major support would be at 8,050.
The USD/JPY pivot point is 103.13, with resistance levels at 103.17, 103.22 and 103.26; and support levels at 103.07, 103.03 and 102.98.

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