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frame

play
verb \ ˈfrām \

Definition of frame

framed; framing
transitive verb
1 :to construct by fitting and uniting the parts of the skeleton of (a structure)
  • frame a house
2 a :plan, contrive
  • framed a new method of achieving their purpose
b :shape, construct
  • frame a figure out of clay
c :to give expression to :formulate
  • frame a rule that brings order into our perceptions
  • —Virginia Woolf
d :to draw up (something, such as a document)
  • frame a written constitution
3 a :to devise (something, such as a criminal charge) falsely
  • frame a case against a neighbor to get rid of him
b :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.
c :fix 7b
  • The wrestling matches were framed.
4 :to fit or adjust especially to something or for an end :arrange
  • framed the test to evaluate students' understanding of the material
5 obsolete :produce
6 :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
intransitive verb
1 archaic :proceed, go
2 obsolete :manage

framable

or 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.

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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


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frame

noun

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) frames 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: such 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
e :an event that forms the background for the action of a novel or play

Examples of frame in a Sentence

  1. the frame of a house

  2. I need new frames for my glasses.

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Illustration of frame

Origin and Etymology of frame

see 1frame

Other Architecture Terms


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frame

adjective

Definition of frame

:having a wood frame
  • frame houses

Origin and Etymology of frame

see 1frame

Other Building Terms



FRAME Defined for English Language Learners

frame

play
verb

Definition of frame for English Language Learners

  • : 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

noun

Definition of frame for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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frame

play
verb \ ˈfrām \

Definition of frame for Students

framed; framing
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.

framer

noun

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frame

noun

Definition of frame for Students

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

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frame

adjective

Definition of frame for Students

:having a wooden frame
  • a two-story frame house

Medical Dictionary

frame

play
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 plural :that part of a pair of glasses other than the lenses

Law Dictionary

frame

transitive verb

legal Definition of frame

framed; framing
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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