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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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Based on the information gathered, your EFMP Family Support staff will assist you in connecting with military and community resources so that you and your family can gain the care and support you need.
Conclusion: This study found that there are various factors such as gender, education, financial independence, and family support determined the QOL of the aged.
Family support is defined as the ability of family members to provide physical, mental, instrumental, and material support when an individual is under pressure (Dunst, Trivette, & Cross, 1986).
A Family Support Worker at the boy's school engaged the family and built trusting relationships.
It was found that one of the important factors that also contributed to differences in the frequency of family support in study area is the number of adult children the older persons have.
Accordingly; family support, peer support and special support affect frightening, open aggression, mocking, relational aggression and property aggression (Figure 1.)
FAMILY support team is staging a number of events aimed at ensuring children have the best start in life.
Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald yesterday joined Barnardos and the Family Support Agency to launch Parenting Positively.
THRILLED: Rachael Phillips, Keir Edmonds and Patrick Barrett from MCS and Primrose Hospice chief executive Alvin Robinson and nurse manager Libby Mytton WARWICKSHIRE construction firm MCS has finished work on a pounds 750,000 project to build its first family support centre.
Developed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the Family Support Strategy details how support to parents, carers, children and young people will be provided until 2013.

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