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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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A Type II supporting organization cannot be controlled directly or indirectly by one or more disqualified persons, other than foundation managers and supported organizations (Regs.
In addition to providing current capabilities to the force, the current developmental efforts will further position ABCS 6.4 in supporting the Army's Objective Force.
Therefore, it is argued, peace activists should focus their energy on more immediate attainable goals, such as supporting the ongoing peace process and supporting an Israeli freeze on expanding their settlements in the occupied territories, and not risk losing their political credibility on the aid issue.
It's possible to attach supporting schedules to any one within the tax return directly from the input screen.
As the working leg extends, the supporting leg is in fondu position, the spine directly over the supporting leg.
Our staff and each of the major supporting commands also reach out to the private sector and visit extensively to share ideas and get feedback.
I would like to thank the Congress for supporting the President's efforts by providing the $200 million included in the FY 2005 Supplemental.
The costs of establishing a supporting organization are similar to those for private nonoperating foundations; however, with the involvement of a capable "supported" organization in day-to-day administration, they can be less onerous.
This program will provide administrative supplements to existing NIH research grants for the purpose of supporting full-time or part-time research by these individuals in a program geared to bring their existing research skills and knowledge up to date.
Marine aviation is heavily tasked with supporting Marine expeditionary and ground forces conducting operations in many parts of the world fighting the war on terrorism.
To enhance and expand programs for people living with AIDS/HIV in the Hamilton area by supporting the implementation of resource development and marketing plans to increase outreach, volunteer recruitment and fundraising.
We received the special presentation award for our work in supporting military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.