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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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This article explores the role of facilitators of caregiver support groups and raises questions having to do with elder abuse reporting laws, ethical duties of social workers to be aware of and responsive to such laws, and ethical challenges of informing support group members of elder abuse reporting laws.
The Native American Caregiver Support Program, created in 2000 as part of the new National Family Caregiver Support Program--a new component of the Older Americans Act--provides support to the caregivers of elders who are chronically ill or have disabilities.
doctors and nurses brainstormed together and formulated a tentative plan to implement a long-term education program that focused on four crucial variables: (1) the return of chronic pain; (2) behavior modification techniques; (3) the return to work; and (4) caregiver support.
The Governor's Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Initiative seeks to alleviate the emotional and financial burdens that are unduly placed upon New Yorkers who care for loved ones living with Alzheimer's.
Kempthorne's initiative, A Lifetime of Health and Dignity--Confronting Long-Term Care Challenges in America, appears to have a consumer focus, emphasizing community-based care, family caregiver support, promotion of wellness and disease management, and personal financial planning.
Kaplan's chapter on caregiver support groups is characteristically thorough, addressing both the logistics of setting up a group and the interpersonal dynamics of group operation.
The spouse telephone support program, which is part of VA's Caregiver Support Program, builds spouses' ability to cope with the challenges that reintegration to civilian society can bring, helps them serve as a pillar of support for returning Veterans, and eases the transition for families after deployments.
National Family Caregiver Support Program: In November Of 2000 Congress Reauthorized The Older Americans Act And Approved Funds To Support Family Caregiving Activities And Services.
Teresa Jackson, MPA, RD, Family Caregiver Support Program Specialist
DAV is also pushing hard to expand VA's Comprehensive Caregiver Support Program to all veterans who were injured or fell ill during any period of service.