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1frame

verb \ˈfrām\

: to put (something) inside an open structure that holds it : to put (something) in a frame

: to be around the edge of (something)

: to produce (something written or spoken) : to express (a question, answer, etc.) in words

framedfram·ing

Full Definition of FRAME

transitive verb
1
:  to construct by fitting and uniting the parts of the skeleton of (a structure)
2
a :  plan, contrive <framed a new method of achieving their purpose>
b :  shape, construct
c :  to give expression to :  formulate
d :  to draw up (as a document)
3
a :  to devise falsely (as a criminal charge)
b :  to contrive the evidence against (an innocent person) so that a verdict of guilty is assured
c :  fix 7b
4
:  to fit or adjust especially to something or for an end :  arrange
5
obsolete :  produce
6
:  to enclose in a frame; also :  to enclose as if in a frame
intransitive verb
1
archaic :  proceed, go
2
obsolete :  manage
fram·able or frame·able \ˈfrā-mə-bəl\ adjective
fram·er noun
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Examples of FRAME

  1. It was the first state to frame a written constitution.
  2. She framed her questions carefully.
  3. He took the time to frame a thoughtful reply.
  4. She claims that she was framed.

Origin of FRAME

Middle English, to benefit, construct, from Old English framian to benefit, make progress; akin to Old Norse fram forward, Old English fram from
First Known Use: 14th century

2frame

noun

: the basic structure and shape of the body of a person or animal

: an arrangement of parts that support and form the basic shape of something

: an open structure that holds something (such as glass or a picture)

Full Definition of FRAME

1
a :  something composed of parts fitted together and united
b :  the physical makeup of an animal and especially a human body :  physique, figure
2
a :  the underlying constructional system or structure that gives shape or strength (as to a building)
b :  a frame dwelling
3
obsolete :  the act or manner of framing
4
a :  a machine built upon or within a framework <a spinning frame>
b :  an open case or structure made for admitting, enclosing, or supporting something <a window frame>
c (1) :  a part of a pair of glasses that holds one of the lenses
(2) plural :  that part of a pair of glasses other than the lenses
d :  a structural unit in an automobile chassis supported on the axles and supporting the rest of the chassis and the body
5
a :  an enclosing border
b :  the matter or area enclosed in such a border: as
(1) :  one of the squares in which scores for each round are recorded (as in bowling); also :  a round in bowling (2) :  an individual drawing in a comic strip usually enclosed by a bordering line (3) :  one picture of the series on a length of film (4) :  a complete image for display (as on a television set)
c :  an inning in baseball
d (1) :  framework 1a
(2) :  context, frame of reference
e :  an event that forms the background for the action of a novel or play
6
:  frame-up

Examples of FRAME

  1. the frame of a house
  2. I need new frames for my glasses.

Illustration of FRAME

First Known Use of FRAME

14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

3frame

adjective

Definition of FRAME

:  having a wood frame <frame houses>

First Known Use of FRAME

1753

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot
FRAMABLE Defined for Kids

1frame

verb \ˈfrām\
framedfram·ing

Definition of FRAME for Kids

1
:  to enclose in or as if in a frame <frame a picture> <Long brown hair framed his face.>
2
:  to produce (something) in writing or spoken words <frame a constitution>
3
:  to make appear guilty <He's being framed for the crime.>
fram·er noun

2frame

noun

Definition of FRAME for Kids

1
:  the structure of an animal and especially a human body :  physique <a muscular frame>
2
:  an arrangement of parts that give form or support to something <the frame of a house>
3
:  an open case or structure for holding or enclosing something <window frame> <picture frame>

3frame

adjective

Definition of FRAME for Kids

:  having a wooden frame <a two-story frame house>
Medical Dictionary

frame

noun \ˈfrām\

Medical Definition of FRAME

1
:  the physical makeup of an animal and especially a human body :  physique, figure
2
a :  a part of a pair of glasses that holds one of the lenses b frames pl :  that part of a pair of glasses other than the lenses

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