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SUPPORTER, noun One that supports or maintains.

1. That which supports or upholds; a prop, a pillar, etc.

The sockets and supporters of flowers are figured.

2. A sustainer; a comforter.

The saints have a companion and supporter in all their miseries.

3. A maintainer; a defender.

Worthy supporters of such a reigning impiety.

4. One who maintains or helps to carry on; as the supporters of a war.

5. An advocate; a defender; a vindicator; as the supporters of religion, morality, justice, etc.

6. An adherent; one who takes part; as the supporter of a party or faction.

7. In ship-building, a knee placed under the cat-head.

8. Supporters, in heraldry, are figures of beasts that appear to support the arms.