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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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It is hard to believe that nearly 25 years have passed since my first days of attending the sibling support group.
Despite its limitations, the current study has important implications for further research and for the organization and development of family and sibling support services.
"Tilly is truly an inspiring young lady who is thoughtful, caring and supportive of others," said Carly Leigh, Sibling Support Worker at Acorns.
Sibling Support Project Provides siblings of children with a special need the opportunity to receive support in a recreational and educational context, by playing games that are different and unique, making new friends, and participating in other activities.
Naomi's three sisters became involved in Cancer Fund for Children's Sibling Support Programme and made lifelong friends of their own, as well as getting an insight into what Naomi was going through.
All of The Ronald McDonald Houses across the country offer each family home-cooked meals, private bedrooms, playrooms for the children, recreational activities and sibling support services.
Thanks to Harry, there is now a unique sibling support group for other young people in his position.
Cylch Teulu/Family Circle is a new venture for families with a child who has a disability, giving them the opportunity to get together to share information and experiences whilst offering parent and sibling support in a fun environment.
Lynne Doyle, the sibling support worker at Tye Hafan, whose job it is to help brothers and sisters deal with the changes in their family life brought about by having a sibling who needs special and constant care.
Sibling support worker Lynne Doyle returns from a meeting in a school to liaise with teachers about supporting the brother of a child who is nearing the end of his life.