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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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WHEREAS, in cases where a landlord may request documentation as to the disability-related need for an emotional support animal, federal regulations allow for a broad range of individuals to make the required verification of need including "a physician, psychiatrist, social worker or other mental health professional;" and WHEREAS, among other things, there is no requirement that the individual certifying the tenant's need for an emotional support animal have a bona fide relationship with the tenant; and
They educate chronic Lyme patients in all aspects of the disease and provide emotional support.
But there are numerous websites where a person can pay to have a licensed psychotherapist for a telephone consultation in order to get a letter stating that their animal is needed for emotional support.
Businesses are not required to allow emotional support dogs on their property.
The Passenger needs the emotional support or psychiatric service animal as an accommodation fin' air travel and/or for activity at the passenger's destination.
Over 40% say they did not rely on anyone other than their family and friends for emotional support, despite the fact that 50% rated emotional support as very important alongside medical treatment.
She said: "As Samaritans we are providing a unique opportunity this weekend in Portrush for anyone in need of emotional support to talk to our volunteers who will be available at times they may be needed most.
Learning to live with diabetes can be challenging and it's vital that people receive the emotional support they need to effectively manage their condition.
And 57 per cent said they didn't get all the emotional support they needed in hospital within the first 24 hours.
residents who have good emotional support systems also report being in better health, found a study published in October's AJPH.
Throughout the duration of an injury, athletes will typically require more emotional support at the beginning of their injury than when they return to competition.
Becoming Your Own Emotional Support System: Creating a Community of One" acknowledges this and provides comfort and encouragement to those who are cut off from others that could help them.