frame·​work ˈfrām-ˌwərk How to pronounce framework (audio)
: a basic conceptional structure (as of ideas)
the framework of the U.S. Constitution
These influences threaten the very framework of our society.
: a skeletal, openwork, or structural frame
An iron framework surrounds the sculpture.
: 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 And despite Apple’s avoidance of gen AI talk at launch events so far, Bloomberg reporting says Apple is developing its own generative AI framework named Ajax. Khari Johnson, WIRED, 13 Sep. 2023 More than that, a global carbon-pricing framework could generate revenue for developing countries to use to help their people adapt to climate change. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Foreign Affairs, 11 Sep. 2023 Creating legions of young, happy conservative warriors is difficult, but these organizations provide the framework to do so. Caleb Nunes, National Review, 8 Sep. 2023 The formal rule-making process for the new framework began in August and will include a public comment period and public hearing. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 As the global order has shifted drastically, with China and the United States increasingly seeming to divvy up the world into an us-versus-them framework, experts say China is seeking to sow doubts about Japan’s credibility and cast its allies as conspirators in malfeasance. John Liu, New York Times, 31 Aug. 2023 In addition to support, bridges need some kind of stiffening truss—or framework of interconnected beams—to keep the structure rigid. Colin Dickey, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2023 The framework, called Building Blocks, will embed math instruction into every classroom activity and is designed to teach basic geometry, number sense, pattern, measurement and algebra skills. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 The new Professional Women’s Hockey League has a framework for its inaugural season and the six cities teams will play in when the pucks drop in January. Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of framework was in 1578

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“Framework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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frame·​work ˈfrām-ˌwərk How to pronounce framework (audio)
: a basic supporting part or structure

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