Pronunciation: (su-pôr'tur, -pōr'-), [key]
1. a person or thing that supports.
2. an adherent, follower, backer, or advocate.
3. a device, usually of elastic cotton webbing, for supporting some part of the body, esp. a jockstrap.
4. a garter, esp. one attached to a garter belt or girdle.
5. Heraldry.either of two human or animal figures flanking and supporting an escutcheon in an achievement of arms.
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