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|Noun||1.||supporting structure - a structure that serves to support something|
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
skeletal frame, underframe, skeleton, frame - the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; "the building has a steel skeleton"
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
support - supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"