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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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Enlist physician support by publicly acknowledging their leadership and compensating them financially for the time spent helping design the system.
In the end, achieving meaningful results will deliver physician support.
ACPE, 1996), and Keys to Winning Physician Support 2nd Edition: Real Winners Don't Gag the Good Guys (ACPE, 1998).
Misys CPR, when enhanced with CPOE, will provide physicians with improved workflow and facilitate a decrease in medical errors through an integrated physician support system.
In addition, the University is expected to open its medical school facilities on the same site as the AIP by August 2007, further ensuring physician support and use of AIP.
This article describes the challenges inherent in influencing physicians and reviews the essential elements of any successful strategy for achieving physician support and participation.
This includes physician support services, case management, professional and clinical staff education, clinical interventions and patient education.
Physician support for the system may also come from the streamlined administration of the payment system - i.
Case management, the design and implementation of cost effective alternative health care delivery methods, must have physician support.
He is the author of Keys to Winning Physician Support (ACPE, 1991) and The Medical Staff Leader's Practical Guide (Opus Communications, 1992), and Health Care Reform as Social Change (ACPE, 1993).

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