What is the noun for bolstering?

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  1. A large cushion or pillow.
  2. A pad, quilt, or anything used to hinder pressure, support part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part; a compress.
  3. (vehicles, agriculture) A small spacer located on top of the axle of horse-drawn wagons which give the front wheels enough clearance to turn.
  4. A short, horizontal, structural timber between a post and a beam for enlarging the bearing area of the post and/or reducing the span of the beam. Sometimes also called a pillow or cross-head (Australian English).
  5. The perforated plate in a punching machine on which anything rests when being punched.
  6. The part of a knife blade that abuts upon the end of the handle.
  7. The metallic end of a pocketknife handle.
  8. (architecture) The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital.
  9. (military, historical) A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation.
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    1. “Lying on your back, place a bolster or pillow under the bottom edges of your shoulder blades so that your arms can comfortably extend out to the sides or overhead.”
  1. One who, or that which, bolsters.
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    1. “With Laurie serving as bolsterer, buffer, secretary and manager, he began again the long, tortuous climb toward his rightful place in jazz.”
      “Before his role as CEO, president and sentimental bolsterer, Bill Ford had made strides from within to bring Ford to a higher level of corporate responsibility.”
      “About your role as chief bolsterer of government ethics, I'd like to read a quote you made earlier today that was cited in a column in the Globe and Mail.”
  1. plural of bolsterer
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    1. “Astronomy, geography, and ergonomics are the three scientific bolsterers of Chinese feng shui theory.”
      “She and co-star Lolita Davidovich turned into each other's greatest advisers and bolsterers during the shoot, she said.”
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