support

Definitions

  • Wall Brackets, Double-Hung: a. Single Support. b. Double Support
    Wall Brackets, Double-Hung: a. Single Support. b. Double Support
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v support establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts "his story confirmed my doubts","The evidence supports the defendant"
    • v support put up with something or somebody unpleasant "I cannot bear his constant criticism","The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks","he learned to tolerate the heat","She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
    • v support adopt as a belief "I subscribe to your view on abortion"
    • v support argue or speak in defense of "She supported the motion to strike"
    • v support be a regular customer or client of "We patronize this store","Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
    • v support be the physical support of; carry the weight of "The beam holds up the roof","He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam","What's holding that mirror?"
    • v support play a subordinate role to (another performer) "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
    • v support support materially or financially "he does not support his natural children","The scholarship supported me when I was in college"
    • v support be behind; approve of "He plumped for the Labor Party","I backed Kennedy in 1960"
    • v support give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to "She supported him during the illness","Her children always backed her up"
    • v support support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"
    • n support documentary validation "his documentation of the results was excellent","the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones"
    • n support a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission "they called for artillery support"
    • n support the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening "he leaned against the wall for support"
    • n support aiding the cause or policy or interests of "the president no longer has the support of his own party","they developed a scheme of mutual support"
    • n support the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities "his support kept the family together","they gave him emotional support during difficult times"
    • n support any device that bears the weight of another thing "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
    • n support supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation "the statue stood on a marble support"
    • n support something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest "the policy found little public support","his faith was all the support he needed","the team enjoyed the support of their fans"
    • n support a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
    • n support the financial means whereby one lives "each child was expected to pay for their keep","he applied to the state for support","he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
    • n support financial resources provided to make some project possible "the foundation provided support for the experiment"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing internal columns employed to support the roof Showing internal columns employed to support the roof
Showing a high-roofed area, surrounded with arches supported on columns Showing a high-roofed area, surrounded with arches supported on columns
A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making lime. The iron hoops which supported the arched top of the kiln buckled from the intense heat A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making...
Supporting the Baby for the Bath Supporting the Baby for the Bath
The dying Camilla supported by one of her companions The dying Camilla supported by one of her companions

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: La Pax, Bolivia is a virtually fireproof city. At an altitude of about 12,000 feet above sea level, the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere is barely able to support fire.
    • Support A attend as an honorary assistant; as, a chairman supported by a vice chairman; O'Connell left the prison, supported by his two sons.
    • Support That which maintains or preserves from being overcome, falling, yielding, sinking, giving way, or the like; subsistence; maintenance; assistance; reënforcement; as, he gave his family a good support, the support of national credit; the assaulting column had the support of a battery.
    • Support That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling, as a prop, a pillar, or a foundation of any kind.
    • Support The act, state, or operation of supporting, upholding, or sustaining.
    • Support To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain; as, to support the character of King Lear.
    • Support To bear by being under; to keep from falling; to uphold; to sustain, in a literal or physical sense; to prop up; to bear the weight of; as, a pillar supports a structure; an abutment supports an arch; the trunk of a tree supports the branches.
    • Support To carry on; to enable to continue; to maintain; as, to support a war or a contest; to support an argument or a debate.
    • Support To endure without being overcome, exhausted, or changed in character; to sustain; as, to support pain, distress, or misfortunes. "This fierce demeanor and his insolence
      The patience of a god could not support ."
    • Support To furnish with the means of sustenance or livelihood; to maintain; to provide for; as, to support a family; to support the ministers of the gospel.
    • Support To keep from failing or sinking; to solace under affictive circumstances; to assist; to encourage; to defend; as, to support the courage or spirits.
    • Support To uphold by aid or countenance; to aid; to help; to back up; as, to support a friend or a party; to support the present administration. "Wherefore, bold pleasant,
      Darest thou support a published traitor?"
    • Support To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain; as, the testimony is not sufficient to support the charges; the evidence will not support the statements or allegations. "To urge such arguments, as though they were sufficient to support and demonstrate a whole scheme of moral philosophy."
    • Support To vindicate; to maintain; to defend successfully; as, to be able to support one's own cause.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tatum O’Neal is the youngest Oscar winner not to receive a Special Award. O’Neal was just 10 years old when she won the Best Supporting Actress award for Paper Moon. Shirley Temple is the youngest person to win an Academy Award when she was given the Special Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1934 at the age of 6.
    • support To bear; prop up; bear the weight of; uphold; sustain; keep from falling or sinking.
    • support To endure without being overcome; bear; undergo; also, to tolerate.
    • support To uphold by aid, encouragement, or countenance; keep from shrinking, sinking, failing, or fainting: as, to support the courage or spirits.
    • support Theat.: To represent in acting on or as on the stage; keep up; act: as, to support the part assigned.
    • support To act with, accompany, or second a leading actor or actress.
    • support In music, to perform an accompaniment or subordinate part to.
    • support To keep up; carry on; maintain: as, to support a contest.
    • support To supply funds or means for: as, to support the expenses of government; maintain with the necessary means of living; furnish with a livelihood: as, to support a family.
    • support To keep from failing or fainting by means of food; sustain: as, to support life; to support the strength by nourishment.
    • support To keep up in reputation; maintain: as, to support a good character; sustain; substantiate; verify: as, the testimony fails to support the charges.
    • support To assist in general; help; second; further; forward: as, to support a friend, a party, or a policy; specifically, military, to aid by being in line and ready to take part with in attack or defense: as, the regiment supported a battery.
    • support To vindicate; defend successfully: as, to support a verdict or judgment.
    • support To accompany or attend as an honorary coadjutor or aid; act as the aid or attendant of: as, the chairman was supported by …
    • support To speak in support or advocacy of, as a motion at a public meeting.
    • support In heraldry, to accompany or be grouped with (an escutcheon) as one of the supporters.
    • support = Syn. 10. To countenance, patronize, back, abet. See support, n.
    • support To live; get a livelihood.
    • n support The act or operation of supporting, upholding, sustaining, or keeping from falling; sustaining power or effect.
    • n support That which upholds, sustains, or keeps from falling; that, on which another thing is placed or rests; a prop, pillar, base, or basis; a foundation of any kind.
    • n support That which maintains life; subsistence; sustenance.
    • n support One who or that which maintains a person or family; means of subsistence or livelihood: as, fishing is their support; he is the only support of his mother.
    • n support The act of upholding, maintaining, assisting, forwarding, etc.; countenance; advocacy: as, to speak in support of a measure.
    • n support The keeping up or sustaining of anything without suffering it to fail, decline, be exhausted, or come to an end: as, the support of life or strength; the support of credit.
    • n support That which upholds or relieves; aid; help; succor; relief; encouragement.
    • n support Theat., an actor or actress who plays a subordinate or minor part with a star; also, the whole company collectively as supporting the principal actors.
    • n support pl. Milit., the second line in a battle, either in the attack or in the defense.
    • n support In music, an accompaniment; also, a subordinate; part.
    • n support The reasonable supply of the necessaries and comforts of life: as, intoxication of a husband injuring the wife's rights of support.
    • n support Synonyms Stay, strut, brace, shore.
    • n support Maintenance, etc. See living.
    • n support Encouragement, patronage, comfort.
    • n support plural In the cloth trade, blocking-boards or wrapping-boards.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The clock tower that supports the famous clock 'Big Ben' at the house of parliament in London, is 320 feet high. The bell from which the clock get it's name, weighs 13.5 tones.
    • v.t Support sup-pōrt′ to bear up: to endure or sustain: to keep up as a part or character: to make good: to defend: to represent in acting: to supply with means of living: to uphold by countenance, patronise: to follow on the same side as a speaker
    • n Support act of supporting or upholding: that which supports, sustains, or maintains: maintenance: an actor playing a subordinate part with a star: an accompaniment in music
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Quotations

  • Thomas Paine
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    “A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “If you think you have trouble supporting a wife, try not supporting her.”
  • Grover Cleveland
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    “Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
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    “Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.”
  • Lord Melbourne
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    “That is no use at all. What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
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    “My first thoughts are that I should not let people down, that I should support them and love them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. supporter, L. supportare, to carry on, to convey, in LL., to support, sustain; sub, under + portare, to carry. See Port demeanor

Usage

In literature:

Incautiously he pledged himself to support Addington, thereby alienating some of his own supporters.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
During a dense mist about seventy identity discs were recovered from the ground behind our support lines.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
There he failed to support his chief, when Bluecher came to the support of Wellington.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
You think you can support yourself.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Our staff and support in this matter were Matthew vi.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
In John Zapolya, who was supported by Suleiman, Ferdinand found an active rival.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Whether he supported England against Spain, or Russia against England, his support was paid for in gold.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Their friends, the "Stalwarts," ceased to support Garfield.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Their peculiar business was not to support the ministry against the opposition, but to support the King against the ministry.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Mr. Sumner swears to support the Constitution as he understands it; but how is it supported by him?
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Henry's chief strength lay in the support of the English.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
There are several ways of supporting the compass-needle.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
The four supporting arches intersect a hemispherical surface whose diameter is equal to the diagonal of the supporting square.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
The national party in Rome itself called on the Greek emperor for support.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
That the French and British were hastening to his support could not be doubted.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Two theories have supporters.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
I have rejected what I can find no support for save in hearsay or prejudice.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
Mary, when married, was to be supported in approximate accordance with the standards of the people John knew.
"The Women of Tomorrow" by William Hard
We had little hope of any support.
"The Black Watch" by Scout Joe Cassells
Still, if they cannot sustain, they unquestionably support certain views.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
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In poetry:

God, my supporter and my hope,
My help for ever near,
Thine arm of mercy held me up,
When sinking in despair.
"Psalm LXXIII: Now I'm Convinced the Lord Is Kind" by Isaac Watts
"Me for his Father and his God
He shall for ever own,
Call me his rock, his high abode,
And I'll support my Son.
"Psalm 89 part 4" by Isaac Watts
'Twas thus a widow poor,
Without support or friend,
Beset the unjust judge's door,
And gained, at last, her end.
"The Importunate Widow" by John Newton
But I'll confess my guilt to thee,
And grieve for all my sin;
I'll mourn how weak my graces be,
And beg support divine.
"Psalm 38" by Isaac Watts
Which need smust be a most tremendous part
Unto a timid, and still-doubting heart,
Which, of itself, of ev'ry ill's afraid;
Unless supported by thy gracious aid.
"A Prayer For A Clergyman, When He Goes To Visit The Sick, Or In The Time Of A Plague" by Rees Prichard
And so 'tis with thee, — for thy path hath been glorious ;
Thou hast look'd up to heav'n for support as thou trod :
And that view—in thy death o'er the tyrant victorious —
Shall lift up thy soul to thy Father and God.
"To Mrs. Hannah More" by Mary Anne Browne

In news:

He is supporting President Barack Obama because Obama supports veterans with deeds , not just with words like Mitt Romney.
In Salt Lake City, there didn't appear to be any employees who walked out on their jobs in support of the demonstration , but Broumas said he doesn't blame them for not showing support.
Barron Collier High School student Christina Rolquin and her brother Brandon, who lives in Texas, are co-founders of a new nonprofit organization, I Support Foundation, that hopes to raise money to support veterans.
The Syracuse Mayor supports supports New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to endorse President Obama.
First Thursday Host Leigh Combs guest: Emily from Eat for Equity and their Saturday event supporting TYSN — Trans Youth Support Network.
The winter installment of Art Gumbo , a quarterly soup dinner that supports local art projects with community-supported micro funding, is scheduled for Thursday, December 27, 6-8 pm at St Mark Community Center, 1201 Locust Street in Dubuque.
I've done less documenting of public support for the Redskins, because last-place finishes seem to generate fewer public displays of support.
Wal-Mart also will award nonprofits who work to feed the hungry, support seniors, support the military and help others in need.
Supporters can also contribute $5 to Wounded Warriors Family Support by texting " highfive " to 20222.
All proceeds are used to support organizations that move homeless veterans and chronically homeless people into permanent supportive housing.
An indicator of an awful amendment is non-support from supporters.
Uzbeks generally support the interim government, whereas the Kyrgyz people supported Bakiyev.
A caregiver support group to support, encourage and inform family caregivers of loved ones with memory loss will meet from 6:30 to 8 pm Tuesday, Dec 12, at the Yolo Adult Day Health Center, 20 N Cottonwood St in Woodland.
You are WBGL and it's your ongoing support that keeps listener supported, Christian radio on the air in your hometown.
You are WIBI and it's your ongoing support that keeps listener supported, Christian radio on the air in your hometown.
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In science:

Xπ∈Π where fπ ∈ F is supported on π and f0 ∈ F is supported on (V \{z})2 .
Fast graphs for the random walker
The support of α is the set of pairs (I , J ) such that λI ,J 6= 0; denote by s(α) the cardinality of the support of α.
$K_0$ of purely infinite simple regular rings
Kν ν ′ (z , z ′ ) = (z/z ′ ) kernel acts on the z coordinate only, it takes test functions supported in V (K ) onto test functions supported in V (K ), and hence AKG (V (K )) = A′KG (V (K )).
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
In al l the calculations that fol low, we wil l assume that dα has compact support, support(dα)= [−Q, Q], say, and that the µi ’s and ǫj ’s are distinct real numbers greater than Q: under these assumptions, dα[ℓ,m](t) becomes, in particular, a bona-fide measure, etc.
Products and Ratios of Characteristic Polynomials of Random Hermitian Matrices
In case of a (multi)critical hermitean matrix model, the macroscopic spectral density develops extra (multiple) zeros on the limit between a one–cut (single–interval) support and a multi–band support.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Proof: First remark that as the ui ’s have support in B 4 i , then for ε < 1/4 the functions ui,ε have support in B 2 i .
Manifold structures for sets of solutions of the general relativistic constraint equations
Previously, the proponents for Galactic disk dark matter had a rise in support by the studies of Bahcall and his colleagues, but have not sustained continued support for this view.
Dark Matter in the Local Galactic Disk
The statements of the above theorem and corollary are valid for pseudodifferential operators which are not necessarily properly supported, if we consider instead compactly supported generalized functions.
Microlocal analysis of generalized functions: pseudodifferential techniques and propagation of singularities
The pro jection of the measure νγ to the first row (column) is of full support, i.e., its support coincides with (R+ )∞ .
Random Metric Spaces and Universality
G2′) The support of µβ is a K -dimensional linear subspace Q of R|L| , and any proper subspace of Q does not support µβ .
Grade of Membership Analysis: One Possible Approach to Foundations
The family parameterized by f is a tangential family whenever (1) the curve parameterized by f (·, 0), called the support of the family, is smooth and (2) for every ξ ∈ R, the family curve Γξ is tangent to the support at f (ξ , 0).
Simple tangential families and perestroikas of their envelopes
For n ∈ N, n ≥ 3, the envelope of a Sn -type tangential family germ has, in addition to the support, a branch with a singularity of order (n + 3)/(n + 1), tangent to the support.
Simple tangential families and perestroikas of their envelopes
For further comparison we have used the Haar wavelet representation for the same space, which contains wavelets of varied support and scaling functions of the same support as the dictionary functions.
Cardinal B-spline dictionaries on a compact interval
This is a surprising result, since wavelet basis are composed by functions of different support and our dictionaries by functions of fixed support.
Cardinal B-spline dictionaries on a compact interval
The authors would like to acknowledge the support of ESO - feasibility study of OWL instruments and Zeilinger Group, University of Vienna, for the helpful discussions and support for this work.
FrogEye, the Quantum Coronagraphic mask. The Photon Orbital Angular Momentum and its applications to Astronomy
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