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frame

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verb \ˈfrām\

Definition of frame

framed

;

framing

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

  3. 2a :  plan, contrive framed a new method of achieving their purposeb :  shape, construct frame a figure out of clayc :  to give expression to :  formulate frame a rule that brings order into our perceptions — Virginia Woolfd :  to draw up (as a document) frame a written constitution

  4. 3a :  to devise falsely (as a criminal charge) frame a case against a neighbor to get rid of himb :  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.

  5. 4 :  to fit or adjust especially to something or for an end :  arrange framed the test to evaluate students' understanding of the material

  6. 5 obsolete :  produce

  7. 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

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

  10. 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.

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

Definition of frame

  1. 1a :  something composed of parts fitted together and unitedb :  the physical makeup of an animal and especially a human body :  physique, figure

  2. 2a :  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. 4a :  a machine built upon or within a framework a spinning frameb :  an open case or structure made for admitting, enclosing, or supporting something a window framec (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 lensesd :  a structural unit in an automobile chassis supported on the axles and supporting the rest of the chassis and the body

  5. 5a :  an enclosing borderb :  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 baseballd (1) :  framework 1a (2) :  context, frame of referencee :  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

Origin and Etymology of frame

see 1frame


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms


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frame

adjective

Definition of frame

  1. :  having a wood frame frame houses

Origin and Etymology of frame

see 1frame


First Known Use: 1780

Other Building Terms



FRAME Defined for English Language Learners

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frame

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verb \ˈfrām\

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


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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. 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

play
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

play
adjective

Definition of frame for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

frame

play
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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