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 But despite some early discussions of a framework built around a swap of those players and young talent coming to the Red Sox, conversations never advanced., "Nate Eovaldi ends up in Texas, but still as part of Red Sox rotation," 29 Apr. 2021 Together, these considerations led to the development of a compassionate design framework that helps engineers think critically about their design decisions and, in her case, an investigation of how heat from flat-irons can damage curly hair. Tahira Reid, The Conversation, "How a professor learned to bring compassion to engineering and design," 28 Apr. 2021 The Matrix of Domination framework is a tool to understand the structural inequalities in the world to make sense of one’s own experiences. Hessie Jones, Forbes, "Intersectionality, Inequity And Imminence Of AI: A Human Perspective," 26 Apr. 2021 The biggest chunk of the proposal targets the country’s roads and bridges with $299 billion in spending and represents more than half of the total framework. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "GOP senators unveil $568 billion infrastructure counteroffer," 22 Apr. 2021 Amidst a small industrial park with low-rise factories, Americold this winter erected a massive structure of metal framework that towers 140 above Plainville. Don Stacom,, "Towering above Plainville: Blue steel framework of 12-story high-tech warehouse for frozen food," 9 Apr. 2021 But, in terms of Twilight’s narrative framework, Edward is meant to be a spry 104, since Meyers’ novel debuted in 2005. Ariana Romero,, "A Pressing Investigation: Who Is Older — Teen Vampire Edward Cullen Or Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes?," 25 Mar. 2021 Kaufman and a team of co-authors presented the case last year in the journal Nature that the Nordhausian social cost of carbon framework has outlived its usefulness. Jordan Mcgillis, National Review, "The Biden Administration’s Climate-Cost Problem," 24 Mar. 2021 Fournier and forward Aaron Gordon reportedly are part of a trade framework that would send them to the Boston Celtics. Roy Parry,, "Evan Fournier not wasting energy on Magic, Celtics trade reports," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Framework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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


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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