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undergird

To secure, support, or strengthen a structure by tying together a number of individual elements below the soffit of the structure above it.
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While the critique of this notion is hardly new, and has itself become almost institutionalized, art historical production continues nonetheless to provide evidence that some of the assumptions undergirding this notion still operate in fundamental, if more subtle, ways.
But this is not the only distortion undergirding Schwartz's brief for reviving moral reform.
This book by Mark Newman presents the story of how Southern Baptists began as a denomination committed to keeping the institution of slavery and over the next century supported Jim Crow laws while at the same time undergirding that position with a commitment to biblical authority.
Undergirding Lobrano's sheer endurance and grace under pressure is a sly wit that's both welcome relief and a stress-survival tactic.
This examination is used to show "the mechanisms undergirding the widely-documented observation that computers and education are relative complements." In general, the computer allows the more rapid and efficient completion of the routine procedures of the information processing or cognitive tasks that require relatively high degrees of educational attainment.
President Bill Clinton and Sharif was very important in the "undergirding of the edifice that we are working to build." Clinton removed most sanctions imposed on Pakistan following the nuclear tests after Pakistan pledged to sign the CTBT by September this year.
They also hastened the rerouting of long-distance telephone lines around major urban areas - and ultimately to the long-line system undergirding today's Internet.
This reader was fascinated by the intimate link between this movement and its undergirding theology incubated in black seminaries and Southern schools of theology.
Undergirding this visual panorama is the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Stephen Sondheim that sets the rhythm by which the metropolis' millions of people--residents and visitors alike--flow through its streets and skyscrapers.
Some states have completely repealed the health planning laws undergirding the CON process, while others have specifically exempted assisted living from this process.
The plausible idea undergirding the OVS is that publicly, culturally encouraging female sexuality leads inexorably to the whole nasty nexus of problems listed above: high rates of out-of-wedlock births, abortions, sexually transmitted diseases, etc., and to boot, women feeling besieged and guilty about it all.
There is no doubt that the health of the world's environment forms an adequate undergirding for good forest management.