frame

noun

Definition of frame

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

frame

verb
\ ˈfrām How to pronounce frame (audio) \
framed; framing

Definition of frame (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to enclose in a frame frame a picture also : to enclose as if in a frame a face framed in a wealth of auburn hair
2a : to give expression to : formulate frame a rule that brings order into our perceptions— Virginia Woolf
b : to draw up (something, such as a document) frame a written constitution
c : plan, contrive framed a new method of achieving their purpose
d : shape, construct frame a figure out of clay
3a : to contrive the evidence against (an innocent person) so that a verdict of guilty is assured He claims that he was framed for the murder.
b : to devise (something, such as a criminal charge) falsely frame a case against a neighbor to get rid of him
c : fix sense 7b The wrestling matches were framed.
4 : to construct by fitting and uniting the parts of the skeleton of (a structure) frame a house
5 : to fit or adjust especially to something or for an end : arrange framed the test to evaluate students' understanding of the material
6 obsolete : produce

intransitive verb

1 archaic : proceed, go
2 obsolete : manage

frame

adjective

Definition of frame (Entry 3 of 3)

: having a wood frame frame houses

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Noun

frame 2a

In the meaning defined above

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Verb

framable or frameable \ ˈfrā-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce frame (audio) \ adjective
framer noun

Examples of frame in a Sentence

Noun the frame of a house I need new frames for my glasses. Verb It was the first state to frame a written constitution. She framed her questions carefully. He took the time to frame a thoughtful reply. She claims that she was framed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Freddy Galvis had a bases-loaded walk, Austin Hays and Mancini had two-run doubles, Mullins scored on a wild pitch and Ryan Mountcastle singled in the seventh run of the frame. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles sweep Red Sox, 11-3, as bats break out behind Cedric Mullins, Bruce Zimmermann delivers quality start," 4 Apr. 2021 The Ray-Ban logo and serial number on the inside of the frame will indicate authenticity, as will solid, durable construction. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best men’s Ray-Ban," 2 Apr. 2021 Thus the author grew up in a Normal Rockwell painting, but with Father Coughlin just out of frame, raving. Los Angeles Times, "If ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ leaves you hating its subject, thank Blake Bailey," 2 Apr. 2021 Dominance was the name of the game on both sides of the frame as Austin Krob allowed one hit through seven shutout innings. Dallas News, "How Texas’ collegiate baseball teams fared this week: TCU, UT, A&M record conference series wins," 29 Mar. 2021 The thicker part of the frame should pack some components, including what appears to be a grille for microphones. Chris Smith, BGR, "The most exciting augmented reality glasses yet might come from this unexpected company," 29 Mar. 2021 Frederic had to be feeling down after catching captain Bergeron with an elbow during a second-period board battle, sending the captain to the dressing room for the final 5:39 of the frame. BostonGlobe.com, "Devils hex continues for the Bruins, and other observations from another 1-0 loss," 28 Mar. 2021 At some points in the corner of the frame, Ahuna is visibly struggling with Bridgman. Nienke Onneweer, The Arizona Republic, "'You shot me in the head': Kingman police video shows deputy shooting man in Dolan Springs," 25 Mar. 2021 In a video posted on Sunday, March 21, to the Victoria Beckham Beauty Instagram account, the former Spice Girl patiently holds her hair back and keeps her eyes closed while her daughter, just out of frame, dabs product onto her mom’s eyelids. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Victoria Beckham’s Daughter Did Her Makeup, and It Looks Gorgeous," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Therapists, on the other hand, frame the number in financial terms. Mario Aguilar, STAT, "Inside the battle over Talkspace and a grand experiment in mental health," 30 Mar. 2021 Siding vary in line, some being of stucco, others frame, and still others, a combination of both. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Linda Vista started with a housing boom in 1941," 23 Mar. 2021 However, there is already a public relations battle between Democrats and Republicans to frame the bill to their constituents, especially with the not-so-distant 2022 midterm elections that could easily swing the House, the Senate, or both. Shahar Ziv, Forbes, "Biden Signs Stimulus Bill, But Won’t Sign $1,400 Stimulus Checks; It’s A Missed Opportunity," 12 Mar. 2021 Simply frame up a panel or two to create an on-budget, on-trend piece of art. Laura Kostelny, Southern Living, "Inside a Fort Worth Home Filled With Family Heirlooms and Modern Charm," 2 Apr. 2021 But Cox, Snyder and Youngkin all frame the issue as distinct from Trump's claims of voter fraud. Matthew Barakat, Star Tribune, "'Election integrity' becomes key buzzword in VA GOP race," 1 Apr. 2021 In retaliation, Sam would pee in front of Matthew’s cage, trying to frame him for the crime. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: Confessions of a compassionate hit man," 25 Feb. 2021 Rose bushes frame his window and, across some distance, lilac bushes are bare but considering their own bloom. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, "Attuned to the Earth's moods, revered Native writer N. Scott Momaday sounds an alarm," 12 Mar. 2021 Then, frame your messages around the needs your offerings can deliver on. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "15 Ways To Develop A Customer-Centric Content Strategy," 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of frame

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

Adjective

1780, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frame

Verb, Noun, and Adjective

Middle English, to benefit, construct, from Old English framian to benefit, make progress; akin to Old Norse fram forward, Old English fram from

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The first known use of frame was in the 14th century

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“Frame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frame. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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frame

noun

English Language Learners Definition of frame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

frame

verb

English Language Learners Definition of frame (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

frame

verb
\ ˈfrām How to pronounce frame (audio) \
framed; framing

Kids Definition of frame

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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.

Other Words from frame

framer noun

frame

noun

Kids Definition of frame (Entry 2 of 3)

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

frame

adjective

Kids Definition of frame (Entry 3 of 3)

: having a wooden frame a two-story frame house

frame

noun
\ ˈfrām How to pronounce frame (audio) \

Medical Definition of frame

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

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framed; framing

Legal Definition of frame

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

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