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Supportance, 1) that which keeps from falling or sinking, support, prop: “give some s. to the bending twigs,” R2 III, 4, 32.
2) that which keeps up and preserves from failing; an upholding: “he will fight with you for's oath sake; . . . therefore draw, for the s. of his vow,” Tw. III, 4, 329.
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