One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Assistance, backing; = "support". Now rare.
2Chemistry. The process or technique of affixing a catalyst to an appropriate supporting material.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From (i) Anglo-Norman supportacion maintenance, upkeep, support, Middle French supportation help, financial backing.
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