support-n; 8 Senses

Sense Number 1: a load-bearing device, a physical structure

Commentary: SUPPORT[+entity][+structure][+load_bearing] thing holder upper - a device that bears the weight of another thing (maintain physically)

There was no place to attach supports for a shelf.
The statue stood on a marble support.
The best support for a camera is a tripod.
His administration instituted price supports in several industries. (metaphoric extension: subsidies act to hold prices up higher than market forces might warrant, the prices have a 'foundation' under them)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: the state of having one's weight supported

Commentary: SUPPORT[+state][+physical][+bearing][+weight] the state of having one's weight born up by another object or person
NOTE: implies an entity is in a state of having its weight born by something else.

He leaned against the wall for support.
Feeling faint, she clutched his arm for support.
The support should come from your legs, not your back, while lifting heavy objects.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 3: activity of providing a resource

Commentary: SUPPORT[+event][+activity][+assistance][+resource][+sustenance/+livelihood/+funding]
NOTE: implies that a resource was provided to someone or something
NOTE: resource can be monetary, physical or emotional

The family received just enough support from an uncle to pay the rent and buy groceries.
John's grant has received another three years of support from a funding agencies.
His faith was all the support he needed. (emotional, spiritual resource)
Mary joined a breast cancer support group. (emotional, information resource)
The President's support staff were largely responsible for putting the report together.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 4: evidence, documentation, validation

Commentary: SUPPORT[+entity][+symbolic][+information][+evidence] [+relation][+role][+evidence] documentary validation, proof

He has questioned whether there is indeed growing support for the existence of dark matter.
The strongest support for this view is the work of a leading British economist.
These statistics hardly provide convincing support for the conclusions drawn in the study.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: subordinate part of a larger artistic work

Commentary: SUPPORT[+activity][+assistance][+accompaniment][+subordinate][+artistic] [+entity][+form][+artistic][+subordinate] artistic accompaniment that provides background for more important parts
NOTE: a specialized usage of Sense 2 - always refers to subordinate artistic effort

Sally sang to the family before dinner while her sister provided support with a violin.
The dark blues, and close perspective lend support to the painting's brooding atmosphere.
The lead actor needed more comedic support from his rather stodgy cast.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 6: military reinforcement personnel

Commentary: SUPPORT[+entity][+group][+personnel][+military][+reinforcement] [+activity][+assistance][+providing][+resource][+reinforcement][+military]
NOTE: a specialized usage of Sense 2 - always refers to military reinforcement, assistance a military operation(often involving new supplies of men and material) to strengthen a military force of aid in the performace of its mission.

They called for artillery support.
The president urged that military support be sent to protect the aids workers.
U.N. support was withdrawn from the battle zone to a safer base.
The colonel called for additional air support over his hand-held radio.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 7: approval, endorsement

Commentary: SUPPORT[+activity][+endorsement] [+state][+attitude][+approval]
NOTE: refers to a belief, attitude or inclination of approval by someone for something

The policy found little public support.
The team enjoyed the support of their fans.
The president was losing support for his foreign aid policy.
They are trying to muster enough support to get this measure on the ballot.
Their candidate is in support of stem cell research.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3

Sense Number 8: technical advice or assistance

Commentary: SUPPORT[+activity][+communication][+advice][+technical]

Mary was on the phone for an hour with the technical support.
He provides support to the entire facility.
They sent in a support team to fix the computer problems at the client site.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2d