frame

1 of 3

noun

1
a
: the physical makeup of an animal and especially a human body : physique, figure
b
: something composed of parts fitted together and united
2
a
: the underlying constructional system or structure that gives shape or strength (as to a building)
b
: a frame dwelling
3
a
: an open case or structure made for admitting, enclosing, or supporting something
a window frame
b(1)
frames plural : that part of a pair of glasses other than the lenses
(2)
: a part of a pair of glasses that holds one of the lenses
c
: a structural unit in an automobile chassis supported on the axles and supporting the rest of the chassis and the body
d
: a machine built upon or within a framework
a spinning frame
4
a
: an enclosing border
b
: the matter or area enclosed in such a border: such as
(1)
: an individual drawing in a comic strip usually enclosed by a bordering line
(2)
: one picture of the series on a length of film
(3)
: one of the squares in which scores for each round are recorded (as in bowling)
also : a round in bowling
(4)
: a complete image for display (as on a television set)
c
: an inning in baseball
e
: an event that forms the background for the action of a novel or play
5
6
obsolete : the act or manner of framing

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frame

2 of 3

verb

framed; framing

transitive verb

1
: 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
2
a
: to give expression to : formulate
frame a rule that brings order into our perceptionsVirginia Woolf
b
: to draw up (something, such as a document)
frame a written constitution
c
: plan, contrive
framed a new method of achieving their purpose
d
: shape, construct
frame a figure out of clay
3
a
: 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.
b
: to devise (something, such as a criminal charge) falsely
frame a case against a neighbor to get rid of him
c
: fix sense 7b
The wrestling matches were framed.
4
: to construct by fitting and uniting the parts of the skeleton of (a structure)
frame a house
5
: to fit or adjust especially to something or for an end : arrange
framed the test to evaluate students' understanding of the material
6
obsolete : produce

intransitive verb

1
archaic : proceed, go
2
obsolete : manage
framable adjective
or frameable
framer noun

frame

3 of 3

adjective

: having a wood frame
frame houses

Example Sentences

Noun the frame of a house I need new frames for my glasses. Verb It was the first state to frame a written constitution. She framed her questions carefully. He took the time to frame a thoughtful reply. She claims that she was framed. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Some gaps may be obvious, such as a draft between a window and its frame, but others may be less visible. Time, 20 Jan. 2023 Jones carried a lot on his 5-foot-8-inch, 175-pound frame, playing cornerback, wide receiver, and earning All-Pro honors as a punt returner. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Jan. 2023 His 6-2, 180-pound frame gives him range and a chance to track down any ball thrown deep. Dallas News, 20 Jan. 2023 Its steel frame is designed to support up to 3,000 pounds, and the height of the worktop can be adjusted from 38 to 48 inches high. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 18 Jan. 2023 Vargas, 17, was ranked as this year’s third-best international prospect by MLB Pipeline, which listed the right-handed hitter at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds, and praised his athletic frame, advanced approach at the plate and above-average throwing arm. Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2023 In an antechamber outside the senate floor, a conservator named Ismail Carvalho was inspecting a landscape painting that had been torn from its frame. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2023 The 7- or 8-inch inseam looked way too long on my short frame. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 13 Jan. 2023 Besides his massive frame, Ika’s ability to recreate the line of scrimmage, play with a high motor, and push his offensive lineman backward with his heavy hands are his best attributes. Lance Reisland, cleveland, 11 Jan. 2023
Verb
Bi-partisan agreement is possible if lawmakers frame migration as an opportunity rather than a humanitarian duty. Kevin O'marah, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 Sister Pat sought to frame her work as more of moral persuasion. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2022 This quartet of chocolate bars from Haiti's first premier bean-to-bar company is presented so beautifully that chocolate-loving aesthetes might be tempted to frame the wrappers as art. Jaimie Potters, Men's Health, 16 Nov. 2022 Recently this column noted the valiant effort by the New York Times to frame numerous presidential falsehoods as an element of Mr. Biden’s grandfatherly charm. James Freeman, WSJ, 7 Nov. 2022 In remarks from Washington on Tuesday, Joe Biden is expected to frame November's elections as a choice on reproductive rights that are hanging in the balance in states across the country. Jessie Dimartino, ABC News, 18 Oct. 2022 That note of weary confusion is all too believable; less persuasive is McDonagh’s effort to frame the private hostilities on Inisherin as a parable of the larger conflict. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2022 Its focus on sustainable investments, which Fink touted in annual letters to corporate America, drew ire in red states, which frame the company as disdaining the oil and gas industry. Annie Massa, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2022 That’s because Francis, in the final act of a relationship that was outwardly warm but often awkward, will be the one to frame the period of remembrance and mourning. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2023
Adjective
These tools often leverage multi-frame photography that appears directly in the platform, but also gets repurposed for downloadable PDF digital catalogs. Outside Online, 17 Dec. 2021 This is where software processing comes in: Xiaomi’s post-image processing uses a proprietary algorithm that cleans up the shot with multi-frame HDR and defogging. Ben Sin, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 The weld between the outrigger assembly and the body's sub-frame assembly may be inadequate, which could result in failure of the aerial unit during use. Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2021 The Spurs were 0-3 in OT heading into Monday, including extra-frame losses to Atlanta and Indiana earlier this month. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb, Noun, and Adjective

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

Adjective

1780, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frame was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Frame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frame. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

frame

1 of 3 verb
framed; framing
1
a
: plan entry 2 sense 1
framed a new strategy
b
: shape entry 1 sense 1, construct
frame a figure out of clay
c
: to give expression to
frame a reply
d
: to set down in writing
frame a constitution
2
: to make (an innocent person) appear guilty
3
: to enclose in a frame
frame a picture
framer noun

frame

2 of 3 noun
1
: the bodily structure of an animal and especially a human being : physique
2
: an arrangement of parts that gives form or support to something
the frame of a house
3
a
: an open case or structure for holding or enclosing something
a picture frame
a window frame
b
plural : the part of a pair of glasses that holds the lenses
4
: a turn in bowling
5
: an enclosing border: as
a
: one of the drawings in a comic strip
b
: one picture of the series on a length of film or in a television transmission
6
: a particular state or mood
in a good frame of mind

frame

3 of 3 adjective
: having a wood frame
frame houses

Medical Definition

frame

noun
1
: the physical makeup of an animal and especially a human body : physique, figure
2
a
: a part of a pair of glasses that holds one of the lenses
b
frames plural : that part of a pair of glasses other than the lenses

Legal Definition

frame

transitive verb
framed; framing
1
: to formulate the contents of and draw up (as a document)
in the two hundred years since our Constitution was framedW. J. Brennan, Jr.
2
: to contrive the evidence against (as an innocent person) so that a verdict of guilty is assured

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