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Usage statistics for the noun support:

spoken English33.02%written English66.98% conversational speech11.89%task-oriented speech88.11% imaginative writing11.19%informational writing88.81%
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Support is sometimes a misspelling of supports.

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Definition of the noun support

What does support mean as a name of something?

Support is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: supports

  1. the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities
  2. aiding the cause or policy or interests of
  3. something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest
    • examples: the policy found little public support | his faith was all the support he needed | the team enjoyed the support of their fans
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: influence = a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do
    • more specific words:
  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
  5. documentary validation
    • example: the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of support: documentation
    • more generic words: proof / substantiation / validation = the act of validating
  6. the financial means whereby one lives
  7. supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation
  8. the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
  9. a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
  10. any device that bears the weight of another thing
    • example: there was no place to attach supports for a shelf
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: device = an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
    • more specific terms:
      • dog-iron / andiron / firedog / dog = metal supports for logs in a fireplace
      • arch support = a support for the arch of the foot
      • backrest / back = a support that you can lean against while sitting
      • backboard = a board used to support the back of someone or something
      • baluster = one of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing
      • bar = a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
      • pedestal / stand / base = a support or foundation
      • bearing = a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily
      • bearing wall = any wall supporting a floor or the roof of a building
      • bedpost = any of 4 vertical supports at the corners of a bedstead
      • bookend = a support placed at the end of a row of books to keep them upright
      • brace = a support that steadies or strengthens something else
      • wall bracket / bracket = a support projecting from a wall
      • bridge = a wooden support that holds the strings up
      • foot = a support resembling a pedal extremity
      • foothold / footing = a place providing support for the foot in standing or climbing
      • handrest = a support for the hand
      • hanger = anything from which something can be hung
      • harness = a support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body
      • harp = a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade
      • headstock = the stationary support in a machine or power tool that supports and drives a revolving part
      • leg = one of the supports for a piece of furniture
      • perch = support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place
      • pier = a support for two adjacent bridge spans
      • pier = a vertical supporting structure
      • pillow block = a cast-iron or steel block for supporting a journal or bearing
      • stand / rack = a support for displaying various articles
      • rest = a support on which things can be put
      • rib = support resembling the rib of an animal
      • rocker = a curved support that permits the supported object to rock to and fro
      • seat = any support where you can sit
      • shelf = a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
      • wheel spoke / radius / spoke = support consisting of a radial member of a wheel joining the hub to the rim
      • stair / step = support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway
      • stirrup iron / stirrup = support consisting of metal loops into which rider's feet go
      • gunstock / stock = the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun
      • structural member = support that is a constituent part of any structure or building
      • tailstock = support consisting of the movable part of a lathe that slides along the bed in alignment with the headstock and is locked into position to support the free end of the workpiece
      • football tee / tee = support holding a football on end and above the ground preparatory to the kickoff
      • undercarriage = framework that serves as a support for the body of a vehicle
      • yoke = support consisting of a wooden frame across the shoulders that enables a person to carry buckets hanging from each end
  11. financial resources provided to make some project possible

Alternative definition of the noun support


  1. Something which supports. Often used attributively, as a complement or supplement to.
  2. Financial or other help.
  3. Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold.
  4. [mathematics] in relation to a function, the set of points where the function is not zero, or the closure of that set.
  5. [context: fuzzy set theory] A set whose elements are at least partially included in a given fuzzy set (i.e., whose grade of membership in that fuzzy set is strictly greater than zero).

Specialised definition of the noun support

Glossary of sports

position in gymnastics where the hand or lower arms are braced against the apparatus and thereby hold the body on the apparatus. Examples with movement skills which contain the support as an element are: swinging half turn, support upstart, support scale, front support. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

predominantly static motor skill, where both arms are extended and hold the body while the hands provide the contact surface for the support. The athlete can also remain in the support position with bent arms which requires considerably more strength. The support is mainly performed in gymnastics (parallel bars, high bar, pommel horse, and vault). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb support

What does support mean as a doing word?

Support is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: supported | supporting | supports

  1. give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
  2. support materially or financially
    • examples: he does not support his natural children | The scholarship supported me when I was in college
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: give = transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    • more specific terms:
  3. be behind; approve of
  4. be the physical support of; carry the weight of
  5. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
  6. adopt as a belief
  7. support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
  8. argue or speak in defense of
  9. play a subordinate role to (another performer)
  10. be a regular customer or client of
  11. put up with something or somebody unpleasant


"Support" is an artwork (screen printing) by Robert Rauschenberg, begun in (42 years ago).

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  1. Support: In mathematics, the support of a function is the set of points where the function is not zero-valued or, in the case of functions defined on a topological space, the closure of that set. This concept is used very widely in mathematical analysis. In the form of functions with support that is bounded, it also plays a major part in various types of mathematical duality theories.
    • also known as 支撑集
  2. Support: A support can refer to a variety of structures in architecture that includes arches, beams, columns, balconies, and stretchers.
  3. Support: In mathematics, the support of a measure μ on a measurable topological space is a precise notion of where in the space X the measure "lives". It is defined to be the largest subset of X for which every open neighbourhood of every point of the set has positive measure.
  4. Support a.k.a. Support and resistance is a concept in technical analysis that the movement of the price of a security will tend to stop and reverse at certain predetermined price levels. These levels are denoted by multiple touches of price without a breakthrough of the level.
  5. The support is the substance that a two-dimensional artwork is applied to. For example, the support of many oil paintings is canvas; for many lithographs, it is paper. This should not be used for the ground, which is the material applied to the support to prepare it, such as gesso.
  6. Support: Stables that support this discipline.

Phrases with Support

Phrases starting with the word Support:

  1. support hose
  2. Support Force
  3. Support group
  4. support level
  5. support column
  6. support system
  7. support payment

Phrases ending with the word Support:

  1. Do-support
  2. Air Support
  3. arch support
  4. life support
  5. life-support
  6. self-support
  7. child support
  8. close support
  9. Moral support
  10. price support
  11. direct support
  12. Native Support
  13. Spousal Support

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Support

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Google previewOfficial Gazette of the United States Patent Office (1915)

In an attachment for vehicles, a detachable clamp setured to the vehicle at the forward end thereof, support means movably connected to the said clamp, said support means being normally disposed directly over the hood of the vehicle, a shaft ...

Google previewOxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work (2010)

by P. Alex Linley, Susan Harrington

social support is a major resource that reduces the harmful consequences of stress and...

Emotional support is the kind of social support that we most readily identify.

Instrumental support refers to the practical , ''doing'' support that team members offer one another such as where one team ...

Google previewThe Theory of the Moiré Phenomenon (2009)

Volume I: Periodic Layers by Isaac Amidror

The spectrum support is a discrete lattice iff d = 0; it is a dense module iff d > 0 (Proposition 5.2). (b) The spectrum support is a discrete lattice iff rank Md(f1,...,fm) = dim Sp(f1,...,fm); it is a ...

Google previewIntroduction to Health Behaviors: A Guide for Managers, Practitioners & Educators (2015)

by Marietta Orlowski

Instrumental support refers to the various types of physical goods or services that others may provide; help with child care or housekeeping and providing...

Google previewQuality Function Deployment and Six Sigma, Second Edition (2009)

A QFD Handbook by Joseph P. Ficalora

QFD technical support Management support refers to a commitment by top management in the organization to provide and allocate the resources needed to complete the QFD activities. The resources may include whatever time and money it ...

Google previewThe Social Psychology of Disability (2014)

by Dana Dunn

Such social support is an important environmental resource that is believed to provide ongoing benefits to PWDs.

By definition, then, social support is a characteristic that is either present or absent within the environment portion of the person–environment relation. Social support refers to various forms of physical, informational, emotional, and other aid provided by members of an individual's social ...

Google previewPositive Health: Flourishing Lives, Well-Being in Doctors (2014)

by Marsha W. Snyder M.D. MAPP.

Appraisal support is that which includes constructive feedback and affirmation of our ideas and actions.

Informational support includes advice and helpful suggestions, and instrumental support is the contribution of tangible aid and service in ...

Google previewThe Choral Challenge (2009)

Practical Paths to Solving Problems by Michael Kemp

Breath Support and Airflow The term breath support refers to the coordinated physical process of breathing, which...

Support is a term often used by choir directors and voice teachers, but one that is widely misunderstood and rarely explained well.

Breath support is the power source that keeps the pressure off the vocal mechanism, protecting against excess muscle tension in the neck and vocal tract.

Google previewShortell and Kaluzny's Healthcare Management: Organization Design and Behavior (2011)

by Lawton Burns, Elizabeth Bradley, Bryan Weiner

Instrumental support refers to various forms of tangible assistance such as providing resources, removing organizational barriers such as existing institutional policies, developing structures to facilitate change efforts, and information sharing.

Google previewThe Law of Development Cooperation (2013)

A Comparative Analysis of the World Bank, the EU and Germany by Philipp Dann

Budget support is the second main instrument of ODA allocation.

Google previewHealth Information Technology Basics (2009)

A Concise Guide to Principles and Practice by Teri Thomas-Brogan

Support Finally, support is a requirement for small business suc- cess. Financial support is a necessity because without it, it will be impossible for an individual to begin a business. The exact amount of start-up capital will be determined by the ...

Google previewA Handbook for the Study of Mental Health (2009)

Social Contexts, Theories, and Systems by Teresa L. Scheid, Tony N. Brown

Social Support and Mental Health R. Jay Turner and Robyn Lewis Brown Social support refers to one's social bonds,

Google previewEpsilon of Room, One (2010)

by Terence Tao

If 0 <p< ∞, then the space of simple functions with finite measure support is a dense subspace of Lp. Remark 1.3.9. The concept of a non- trivial ...

Google previewTrading Commodities and Financial Futures (2013)

A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering the Markets by George Kleinman

Simply put, support is a significant area in which buying interest develops, has developed, or is expected to develop based on...

Support is an area in which the buying interest, whether it be commercial cotton users, fund buyers, or bargain ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Decision Making and Decision Support Technologies (2008)

by Adam, Frederic

Support. Systems: Problems,. Findings,. and. Challenges. Table 1. Decisional support of main types of DMSSs PHASE/ACTIVITY. 455 Manual Mora Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Mexico Ovsei Gelman Universidad Nacional ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (1999)

Volume 24 - Supplement 3: Characterization Hierarchy Containing Augmented Characterizations to Video Compression by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

INTRODUCTION The term "group support systems" (GSS) refers to a range of computer- and communication-based capabilities designed to support work group interaction processes in order to enhance group performance.* During the past ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (1985)

Volume 39 - Supplement 4: Accreditation of Library Education to Videotex: Teletext, and the ImPatt of Television Systems Information Systems on Library Services by Allen Kent

KURTZ DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS Introduction The decision support system (DSS) is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Work with Groups (2009)

by Alex Gitterman, Robert Salmon

Andrés Arias Astray and Ana Barrón López de Roda Broadly defined, online support groups (OSGs) consist of a collection of people who share the same or similar circumstances or conditions joining together vol- untarily via computer- based ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business Analytics and Optimization (2014)

by Wang, John

Category: Decision Support Trevor J. Bihl Air Force Institute of Technology, USA William A. Young II Ohio University, USA Gary R. Weckman Ohio University, USA INTRODUCTION Decision support systems (DSSs) are a sub-set of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

The process of maintaining adequate ventilation and circulation as a holding operation until *advanced life support (ALS) is available. It involves assessing the patient to ensure there is no respiratory or cardiac activity and performing 30 ...

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Usage statistics about support

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun support:

spoken English33.02%written English66.98% conversational speech11.89%task-oriented speech88.11% imaginative writing11.19%informational writing88.81%

Usage statistics for the verb support:

spoken English41.52%written English58.48% conversational speech6.81%task-oriented speech93.19% imaginative writing15.27%informational writing84.73%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun support:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb support:


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Quotes about Support

I like to make music, I like rap music. Even if I'm white, I support that music. If I want to support it or any other white kid wants to support it more power to them. (Kid Rock)
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Scrabble value of S1U1P3P3O1R1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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