frame·​work | \ ˈfrām-ˌwərk How to pronounce framework (audio) \

Definition of framework

1a : a basic conceptional structure (as of ideas) the framework of the U.S. Constitution These influences threaten the very framework of our society.
b : a skeletal, openwork, or structural frame An iron framework surrounds the sculpture.
3 : the larger branches of a tree that determine its shape

Examples of framework in a Sentence

These influences threaten the very framework of our society. The book provides a general framework for understanding modern politics. He questions the study's theoretical framework. An iron framework surrounds the sculpture. The panels are attached to the building's steel framework.
Recent Examples on the Web In addition, their regulatory framework provides ample opportunities for investments in various areas of the energy market. Rhett Power, Forbes, 5 May 2022 His visual framework was fundamentally Cubist, drawing upon the work of revered figures such as Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso. Steven Litt, cleveland, 10 Apr. 2022 All that’s left today of an ancient boat discovered in 2018 in what was formerly Uruk is the bitumen, black tar that once coated its framework of reeds, palm leaves, or wood. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 8 Apr. 2022 As women on both sides of the Atlantic entered the workforce in large numbers in the 1960s and ’70s, this urban framework came under scrutiny. Divya Subramanian, The Atlantic, 2 May 2022 The huge chandelier in the solarium was made in Germany and required special framework because of its size. Mary Colurso |, al, 30 Apr. 2022 With this framework in mind, Brenda's story could easily get lost among Pyre's internal war and the intense cast of suspects, sprinkled in here and there to remind viewers of the stakes. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 29 Apr. 2022 For the third time in a row, Chiledoc will be presenting a Chilean Docs in Progress showcase, scheduled for May 23 within the framework of Cannes Doc, which runs May 17 to 25. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 25 Apr. 2022 Despite fashion’s ongoing fascination with all things 1990s, Ping’s mission is not just to revive—or archive—Ro, but to create something new within a framework of an existing brand name. Vogue, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of framework

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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frame·​work | \ ˈfrām-ˌwərk How to pronounce framework (audio) \

Kids Definition of framework

: a basic supporting part or structure the framework of an argument

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