1. One who, or that which, supports; as, oxygen is a supporter of life.
The sockets and supporters of flowers are figured. --Bacon.
The saints have a . . . supporter in all their miseries. --South.
2. Especially, an adherent; one who sustains, advocates, and defends; as, the supporter of a party, faction, or candidate.
3. Shipbuilding A knee placed under the cathead.
4. Her. A figure, sometimes of a man, but commonly of some animal, placed on either side of an escutcheon, and exterior to it. Usually, both supporters of an escutcheon are similar figures.
5. Med. A broad band or truss for supporting the abdomen or some other part or organ.
n 1: a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their
supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of
the library" [syn: protagonist, champion, admirer,
2: someone who supports or champions something [syn: patron,
3: a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or
furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable
assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the
work" [syn: assistant, helper, help]
4: a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a
stocking (or around the arm to hold up a sleeve) [syn: garter]
5: a support for the genitals worn by men engaging in strenuous
exercise [syn: athletic supporter, suspensor, jockstrap,