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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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The counsel of the sugar mills owners told the court that without listening to the stance of the sugar mill owner, Sindh government has fixed the new support prices.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government did not change the support price despite being aware that the cost of production of 40kg of wheat was Rs1,284 in Punjab and Rs1,271 in Sindh.
In Indonesia, for example, rice farmers are assured of a fair price of their produce through a government support price that is higher than the prevailing world market price.
The announcement of enhanced support prices was promptly followed by an increase in prices of farm inputs which drained off a sizeable portion of the gains intended for farmers.
A day after the winter session of the Maharashtra Legislature got under way in Nagpur, the BJP-led opposition members mounted pressure on the Congress-led Democratic Front (DF) government demanding Rs6,000 (Dh414) per 100 kilogrammes as the minimum support price for cotton produced by farmers in the state.
The present system of increasing the sugarcane support price only encourages the farmer plantation expansion at the cost of other competitive crops that proves only temporary phase.
ISLAMABAD: Wheat exporting countries have sent a consultation reference under WTO provision of (Agreement on Agriculture) against Pakistan with a complaint that Pakistan provided extra subsidy to wheat producers in the form of higher wheat support price, sources told Daily Times on Tuesday.
* There is only weak evidence of co-integration between domestic price, international price, exchange rate, and domestic support price (when applicable) for key agricultural commodities in Pakistan.
He says the PKI has repeatedly been demanding the government announce cotton support price to save the growers from losses and ultimately the industry, while the parliament has also passed a resolution and a Special Committee on Agriculture, headed by the National Assembly speaker, has a couple of months ago recommended announcing support price or intervention price and imposing duty on import of raw cotton.
He said that wheat procurement target would be achieved in any case, adding that the flour mills could purchase wheat from market at the support price. He said that rights of farmers would be protected and wheat would be procured at support price.
Summary: Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Apr 17 (ANI): Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday asked officers to develop a strategy to provide minimum support price to farmers in the state.
The cost of production of wheat was enhanced to Rs 1284 from Rs 436 in the last decade but its support price was increased by few hundred in that period .

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