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frame

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verb \ˈfrām\

Simple Definition of frame

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of frame

framed

framing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to construct by fitting and uniting the parts of the skeleton of (a structure)

  3. 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)

  4. 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

  5. 4 :  to fit or adjust especially to something or for an end :  arrange

  6. 5 obsolete :  produce

  7. 6 :  to enclose in a frame; also :  to enclose as if in a frame

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 archaic :  proceed, go

  10. 2 obsolete :  manage

framable

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frameable

play \ˈfrā-mə-bəl\ adjective

framer

noun

Examples of frame in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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frame

noun

Simple Definition of frame

  • : 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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of frame

  1. 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. 2 a :  the underlying constructional system or structure that gives shape or strength (as to a building) b :  a frame dwelling

  3. 3 obsolete :  the act or manner of framing

  4. 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. 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. 6 :  frame-up

Examples of frame in a sentence

  1. the frame of a house

  2. I need new frames for my glasses.



Illustration of frame

14th Century

First Known Use of frame

14th century

Other Architecture Terms


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frame

adjective

Definition of frame

  1. :  having a wood frame <frame houses>



1753

First Known Use of frame

1753

Other Building Terms



FRAME Defined for Kids

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frame

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verb \ˈfrām\

Definition of frame for Students

framed

framing

  1. 1 :  to enclose in or as if in a frame <frame a picture> <Long brown hair framed his face.>

  2. 2 :  to produce (something) in writing or spoken words <frame a constitution>

  3. 3 :  to make appear guilty <He's being framed for the crime.>

framer

noun



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frame

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noun

Definition of frame for Students

  1. 1 :  the structure of an animal and especially a human body :  physique <a muscular frame>

  2. 2 :  an arrangement of parts that give form or support to something <the frame of a house>

  3. 3 :  an open case or structure for holding or enclosing something <window frame> <picture frame>




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frame

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adjective

Definition of frame for Students

  1. :  having a wooden frame <a two-story frame house>




Medical Dictionary

frame

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noun \ˈfrām\

Medical Definition of frame

  1. 1:  the physical makeup of an animal and especially a human body :  physique, figure

  2. 2a:  a part of a pair of glasses that holds one of the lensesbframes plural :  that part of a pair of glasses other than the lenses




Law Dictionary

frame

transitive verb

Legal Definition of frame

framed

framing

  1. 1 :  to formulate the contents of and draw up (as a document) <in the two hundred years since our Constitution was framed — W. J. Brennan, Jr.>

  2. 2 :  to contrive the evidence against (as an innocent person) so that a verdict of guilty is assured





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