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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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Despite available descriptions of state-funded caregiver support programs, little is known about why they are implemented in some states and not others.
Administration on Aging began the National Family Caregiver Support Program in 2000, interest in offering the Caring for You, Caring for Me course rose dramatically across all regions of the country.
Since the need for caregivers is likely to explode in the next thirty years and our health care system is not positioned to be able to offer much assistance, we need to recognize the importance of finding and promoting caregiver support systems that honor and encourage caring for each other.
In a caregiver support group for the elderly people, group members were discussing stressful caregiving situations.
In addition, 177 Native American Caregiver Support Grants, available under the new National Family Caregiver Support Program, will support the caregivers of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian elders.
Also, the physical and emotional pressures of returning to work, coupled with a decrease in caregiver support, were hypothesized as potential contributors.
We've invited child care experts to conduct workshops on a variety of topics, ranging from "Parenting in the 90s: the Changing Family" to "Adolescence is Not a Disease." Meanwhile, workshops for employees dealing with aging family members include "Caregiver Support Groups" and "Medicare or Medicaid."
The Caregiver Support Group offers help for caregivers, family members or friends experiencing the challenges facing a loved one with dementia, Parkinson's disease or another chronic illness.
"We finally got the Family Care Act, and other bills, because the caregiver support groups advocated and told legislators what we needed," Cooper pointed out.
Their mission is to manage and end the overpopulation of community cats with targeted TNVR and caregiver support. Since their official start in 2015, MEOW Now has provided TNVR to over 4,200 cats in the county.
Providing comprehensive caregiver support to all veterans would indeed have a price tag, but it is far less than what it costs to provide nursing home or other institutional care.