framework

noun
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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The nine-day gun deer season, though, remains the most significant event in the framework of Wisconsin deer management, both in terms of participants and number of deer killed. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deer population at potential record high as hunters set sights on 2019 Wisconsin gun season," 16 Nov. 2019 The grille is key, accentuating the look of depth, with wide sweeping silver trim along the bottom, extending under the headlights; a strong framework; low center of gravity; and wide stance. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Mazda6 sedan gets updates for 2019, including advanced safety technology," 9 Nov. 2019 In statements, the federation chairman, Chris Nikou, called the agreement’s framework, which ties player remuneration to team revenue, unique. Karen Zraick, New York Times, "Australian Women and Men’s Soccer Teams Reach Deal to Close Pay Gap," 6 Nov. 2019 The grille is key, accentuating the look of depth, with wide sweeping silver trim along the bottom, extending under the headlights; a strong framework; low center of gravity; and wide stance. Emma Jayne Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: Mazda6 sedan gets updates for 2019, including advanced safety technology," 1 Nov. 2019 In this framework, our habits, our choices, our likes, and our dislikes are not unlike soybeans or petroleum or iron ore: Natural resources that are extracted and processed by huge firms, for massive profit. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "How the Homeless Became Raw Materials for Big Tech," 9 Oct. 2019 Hopefully, by the time the latter comes, there is a much clearer framework, a more defined structure and a rediscovered philosophy. SI.com, "Tottenham Hotspur: Why Spurs Must Lean on Domestic Cups to Learn to Dream Again," 22 Sep. 2019 However, due to limiting frameworks, certain flaws have been inculcated in the system, which must be addressed adequately. Samarth Masson, Quartz India, "An investors’ guide to spotting the next billion-dollar startup," 18 Sep. 2019 The problem is that Trump might revive his threats to withdraw from the existing trade framework, the North American Free Trade Agreement, damaging the hemispheric economy. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Democrats should give Trump a win on this trade deal," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of framework

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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/framework?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=framew01. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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framework

noun
How to pronounce framework (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of framework

: the basic structure of something : a set of ideas or facts that provide support for something
: a supporting structure : a structural frame

framework

noun
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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