|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
|1.||to carry the weight of|
|2.||to bear or withstand (pressure, weight, etc)|
|3.||to provide the necessities of life for (a family, person, etc)|
|4.||to tend to establish (a theory, statement, etc) by providing new facts; substantiate|
|5.||to speak in favour of (a motion)|
|6.||to give aid or courage to|
|7.||to give approval to (a cause, principle, etc); subscribe to: to support a political candidature|
|8.||to endure with forbearance: I will no longer support bad behaviour|
|9.||to give strength to; maintain: to support a business|
|10.||(tr) (in a concert) to perform earlier than (the main attraction)|
|a. to play a subordinate role to|
|b. to accompany (the feature) in a film programme|
|12.||to act or perform (a role or character)|
|13.||the act of supporting or the condition of being supported|
|14.||a thing that bears the weight or part of the weight of a construction|
|15.||a person who or thing that furnishes aid|
|16.||the means of maintenance of a family, person, etc|
|17.||a band or entertainer not topping the bill|
|18.||the support an actor or group of actors playing subordinate roles|
|19.||med an appliance worn to ease the strain on an injured bodily structure or part|
|20.||the solid material on which a painting is executed, such as canvas|
|21.||See athletic support|
|[C14: from Old French supporter, from Latin supportāre to bring, from sub- up + portāre to carry]|
support sup·port (sə-pôrt')
v. sup·port·ed, sup·port·ing, sup·ports
To hold in position so as to keep from falling, sinking, or slipping.
To be capable of bearing; withstand.
To keep from weakening or failing; strengthen.
To provide for or maintain, by supplying with money or necessities.
To endure; tolerate.
The act of supporting.
The state of being supported.
One that supports or maintains.
Maintenance, as of a family, with the necessities of life.
supportn. 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 te^te-a`-te^te with the software's designer.