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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Support  \Sup*port"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Supported};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Supporting}.]  [F.  supporter,  L.  supportare  to  carry 
  on  to  convey,  in  LL.,  to  support,  sustain;  sub  under  + 
  portare  to  carry.  See  {Port}  demeanor.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  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.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  keep  from  failing  or  sinking;  to  solace  under  affictive 
  circumstances;  to  assist;  to  encourage;  to  defend;  as  to 
  support  the  courage  or  spirits. 
 
  4.  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. 
 
  5.  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. 
 
  6.  To  carry  on  to  enable  to  continue;  to  maintain;  as  to 
  support  a  war  or  a  contest;  to  support  an  argument  or  a 
  debate. 
 
  7.  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.  --J.  Edwards. 
 
  8.  To  vindicate;  to  maintain;  to  defend  successfully;  as  to 
  be  able  to  support  one's  own  cause 
 
  9.  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?  --Shak. 
 
  10.  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  arms}  (Mil.),  a  command  in  the  manual  of  arms  in 
  responce  to  which  the  piece  is  held  vertically  at  the 
  shoulder,  with  the  hammer  resting  on  the  left  forearm, 
  which  is  passed  horizontally  across  the  body  in  front; 
  also  the  position  assumed  in  response  to  this  command. 
 
  Syn:  To  maintain;  endure;  verify;  substantiate;  countenance; 
  patronize;  help;  back  second  succor;  relieve;  uphold; 
  encourage;  favor;  nurture;  nourish;  cherish;  shield; 
  defend;  protect;  stay;  assist;  forward. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Support  \Sup*port"\,  n.  [F.] 
  1.  The  act  state,  or  operation  of  supporting,  upholding,  or 
  sustaining. 
 
  2.  That  which  upholds,  sustains,  or  keeps  from  falling,  as  a 
  prop,  a  pillar,  or  a  foundation  of  any  kind 
 
  3.  That  which  maintains  or  preserves  from  being  overcome, 
  falling,  yielding,  sinking,  giving  way  or  the  like 
  subsistence;  maintenance;  assistance;  re["e]nforcement; 
  as  he  gave  his  family  a  good  support,  the  support  of 
  national  credit;  the  assaulting  column  had  the  support  of 
  a  battery. 
 
  {Points  of  support}  (Arch.),  the  horizontal  area  of  the 
  solids  of  a  building,  walls,  piers,  and  the  like  as 
  compared  with  the  open  or  vacant  spaces. 
 
  {Right  of  support}  (Law),  an  easement  or  servitude  by  which 
  the  owner  of  a  house  has  a  right  to  rest  his  timber  on  the 
  walls  of  his  neighbor's  house.  --Kent. 
 
  Syn:  Stay;  prop;  maintenance;  subsistence;  assistance;  favor; 
  countenance;  encouragement;  patronage;  aid;  help; 
  succor;  nutriment;  sustenance;  food. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  support 
  n  1:  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" 
  2:  aiding  the  cause  or  policy  or  interests  of  "the  president 
  no  longer  had  the  support  of  his  own  party";  "they 
  developed  a  scheme  of  mutual  support" 
  3:  something  providing  immaterial  support  or  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" 
  4:  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"  [syn:  {reinforcement},  {reenforcement}] 
  5:  documentary  validation;  "his  documentation  of  the  results 
  was  excellent";  "the  strongest  support  for  this  this  view 
  is  the  work  of  Jones"  [syn:  {documentation}] 
  6:  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" 
  [syn:  {keep},  {livelihood},  {living},  {bread  and  butter}, 
  {sustenance}] 
  7:  something  that  holds  up  or  provides  a  foundation;  "the 
  statue  stood  on  a  marble  support" 
  8:  the  act  of  bearing  the  weight  of  or  strengthening;  "he 
  leaned  against  the  wall  for  support";  "they  forded  the 
  stream  supporting  their  packs  over  their  heads"  [syn:  {supporting}] 
  9:  a  subordinate  musical  part  provides  background  for  more 
  important  parts  [syn:  {accompaniment}] 
  10:  any  device  that  bears  the  weight  of  another  thing  "there 
  was  no  place  to  attach  supports  for  a  shelf" 
  11:  financial  resources  provided  to  make  some  project  possible; 
  "the  foundation  provided  support  for  the  experiment" 
  [syn:  {financial  support},  {funding},  {backing},  {financial 
  backing}] 
  v  1:  be  supportive  of  "Will  you  support  me  during  the  meeting?" 
  [syn:  {back  up}] 
  2:  support  financially  in  an  enterprise;  "The  scholarship  saw 
  me  through  college"  [syn:  {see  through}] 
  3:  be  behind;  support  or  vote  for  "He  plumped  for  the  Labor 
  Party";  "I  backed  Kennedy  in  1960"  [syn:  {back},  {endorse}, 
  {plump  for},  {plunk  for}] 
  4:  be  the  support  of  "The  beam  holds  up  the  roof";  "He 
  supported  me  with  one  hand  while  I  balanced  on  the  beam"; 
  "What's  holding  that  mirror?";  also  metaphorically:  "Her 
  efforts  support  us  morally"  [syn:  {hold},  {sustain},  {hold 
  up}] 
  5:  strengthen  or  make  more  firm  as  by  corroboration;  "his  story 
  confirmed  my  doubts"  [syn:  {confirm},  {corroborate},  {sustain}, 
  {substantiate},  {affirm}]  [ant:  {negate}] 
  6:  adopt  as  a  belief;  "I  subscribe  to  your  view  on  abortion" 
  [syn:  {subscribe},  {stand}] 
  7:  support  with  evidence  or  authority  :  make  more  certain  or 
  confirm;  "The  stories  and  claims  were  born  out  by  the 
  evidence"  [syn:  {corroborate},  {underpin},  {bear  out}] 
  8:  argue  in  defense  of  [syn:  {defend},  {fend  for}] 
  9:  support;  of  morale,  theories,  etc  [syn:  {bolster},  {bolster 
  up}] 
  10:  play  a  subordinate  role  to  (another  performer) 
  11:  be  a  customer  or  client  of  "We  patronize  this  store"  [syn: 
  {patronize},  {patronage}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  support  n.  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. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  support 
 
  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  tête-à-tête 
  or  exchange  of  {electronic  mail}  with  the  software's  designer. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1995-02-15) 
 
 




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