American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To build by putting together the structural parts of; construct: frame a house.
- v. To conceive or design: framed an alternate proposal.
- v. To arrange or adjust for a purpose: The question was framed to draw only one answer.
- v. To put into words; formulate: frame a reply.
- v. To form (words) silently with the lips.
- v. To enclose in or as if in a frame: frame a painting.
- v. Informal To make up evidence or contrive events so as to incriminate (a person) falsely.
- v. Informal To prearrange (a contest) so as to ensure a desired fraudulent outcome; fix: frame a prizefight.
- v. Archaic To go; proceed.
- v. Obsolete To manage; contrive.
- n. Something composed of parts fitted and joined together.
- n. A structure that gives shape or support: the frame of a house.
- n. An open structure or rim for encasing, holding, or bordering: a window frame; the frame of a mirror.
- n. A closed, often rectangular border of drawn or printed lines.
- n. A pair of eyeglasses, excluding the lenses. Often used in the plural: had new lenses fitted into an old pair of frames.
- n. The structure of a human or animal body; physique: a worker's sturdy frame.
- n. A cold frame.
- n. A general structure or system: the frame of government.
- n. A general state or condition: The news put me into a better frame of mind.
- n. A frame of reference.
- n. Sports & Games A round or period of play in some games, such as bowling and billiards.
- n. Baseball Sports & Games An inning.
- n. A single picture on a roll of movie film or videotape.
- n. The total area of a complete picture in television broadcasting.
- n. An individual drawing within a comic strip.
- n. Computer Science A rectangular segment within a browser's window that can be scrolled independently of other such segments.
- n. Computer Science A single step in a sequence of programmed instructions.
- n. Informal A frame-up.
- n. Obsolete Shape; form.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strengthen; refresh; support.
- To execute; perform.
- To fit, as for a specific end; make suitable or conformable; adapt; adjust.
- To construct by fitting and uniting together the several parts; fabricate by union of constituent parts: as, to frame a house, a door, or a machine.
- In general, to bring or put into form or order; adjust the parts or elements of; compose; contrive; plan; devise.
- [⟨ frame, n.] To surround or provide with a frame, as a picture; put into a frame, as a piece of cloth.
- To profit; avail.
- To fit; accord.
- To succeed in doing or trying to do something; manage.
- To wash ore with the aid of a frame.
- To move.
- n. Profit; advantage; benefit.
- n. The act of planning or contriving; contrivance; invention.
- n. Form, constitution, or structure in general; system; order: as, the frame of government.
- n. Anything composed of parts fitted and united; fabric; structure: used especially of natural objects with reference to their physical structure or constitution.
- n. The sustaining parts of a structure fitted and joined together; framework; as, the frame of a house, bridge, ship, or printing-press. See cut on following page.
- n. Any kind of case or structure made for admitting, inclosing, or supporting things, whether fixed or movable; as, the frame of a window, door, picture, or looking-glass.
- n. Specifically.
- n. An open elevated framework of wood or iron that supports the cases out of which the compositor picks his types.
- n. A loom; especially, a sort of loom on which linen, silk, etc., are stretched for quilting or embroidering, or on which lace, stockings, etc., are made.
- n. In milit. engin., a framework of four stout pieces of scantling fastened together in rectangular form, placed at intervals in shafts and galleries, to support and hold in position the sheeting.
- n. In horticulture, a glazed structure of different kinds, portable or permanent, for protecting young plants from frost, etc.
- n. In mining, a very simple apparatus for washing ore, consisting of a table of boards slightly inclined, over which runs a gentle stream of water. See framing-table.
- n. A raft.
- n. Hence An inclosing border of any kind; specifically, in art, a purely ornamental surrounding border, as in sculptured or other relief ornament; a carved border to a sunken panel or opening; in surface-decoration, a painted or inlaid ornament carried round a fresco-painting or other picture upon a wall.
- n. Particular state, as of the mind; mental condition; natural temper or disposition: as, an unhappy frame of mind.
- n. Shape; form; proportion.
- In ship-building, to erect and adjust the frames of (a vessel) in place above the keel on the building-slip.
- n. In ship-building, one of the ribs or transverse members which extend up on each side of the keel and support the outside planking or plating. In a wooden vessel a frame is made up of curved pieces of timber. The lowest piece is the floor-timber, which extends across the keel. The next piece is the first futtock, the lower part of which laps on one side of the floor, and the upper part laps on the side of the second futtock, the lower end of the latter butting against the upper end of the floor-timber. The successive pieces are called third, fourth, etc., futtocks, and the last the top-timber. The various pieces are through-bolted to each other across the central joint, thus forming the complete frame. In iron and steel vessels the frames are of the most varied construction, owing to the ease with which the material can be worked into various forms. The simplest is that consisting of a frame angle-bar, a reverse frame angle-bar, and a floor-plate. In the upper part of the frame the frame-bar and reverse frame-bar are riveted back to back, as shown in the section. This is called a built frame. In the lower part the two bars are spread apart and riveted to the floor-plate interposed between them. (See cut under
floor, 5.) In modern steel vessels, particularly men-of-war, a single piece, as a channel-bar, bulb-angle, or Z-bar, takes the place of the frame-bar and reverse frame-bar. This is called a solid frame. In vessels with a double bottom the frame in the lower part becomes a part of the cellular bottom and is a more complex structure. (See cut under bottom.) The frame of a protected cruiser with double bottom is shown under frame, 5. In large merchant steamers with double bottoms a generally similar construction is adopted. The upper part of the frame is a piece separate from that in the bottom, and it is secured to the margin-plate by a bracket and gusset (See cut under braeket.) Other forms of frames are used in vessels in various places. (See deep frame, belt-frame, web-frame.) The deep longitudinal members in the framework of the double button) are sometimes called longitudinal frames, but more usually longitudinals. A boss-frame is one of the frames at the stern which are curved out around the stern-tube. The transom-frame is that at the stern-post in vessels having an overhanging stern. It has a very deep floor which is riveted to the upper interior part of the stern-post, and the radiating stern-frames abaft it, forming the contour of the stern, are secured to it at their heels.
- n. In bee-keeping, an open four-cornered box, readily removed from the hive, in which the bees construct their combs.
- n. In printing, same as composing-stand.
- n. In bowling or tenpins, a division of the game through which a player continues at one setting of the pins. Three balls usually constitute a frame.
- n. In pool: The triangle used to spot the balls in pyramidal form at pyramid, continuous, following, and fifteen-ball pool and their offshoots.
- n. The leg or game played with such a set of balls at all except continuous pool.
- v. transitive, obsolete To strengthen; refresh; support.
- v. transitive, obsolete To execute; perform.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To profit; avail.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To fit; accord.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To succeed in doing or trying to do something; manage.
- v. transitive To fit, as for a specific end or purpose; make suitable or comfortable; adapt; adjust.
- v. transitive To construct by fitting or uniting together various parts; fabricate by union of constituent parts.
- v. transitive To bring or put into form or order; adjust the parts or elements of; compose; contrive; plan; devise.
- v. transitive Of a constructed object such as a building, to put together the structural elements.
- v. transitive Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to add a decorative border.
- v. transitive To position visually within a fixed boundary.
- v. transitive To construct in words so as to establish a context for understanding or interpretation.
- v. transitive (criminology) Conspire to incriminate falsely a presumably innocent person.
- v. intransitive, dialectal, mining To wash ore with the aid of a frame.
- v. intransitive, dialectal To move.
- n. The structural elements of a building or other constructed object.
- n. The structure of a person's body.
- n. A rigid, generally rectangular mounting for paper, canvas or other flexible material.
- n. A piece of photographic film containing an image.
- n. A context for understanding or interpretation.
- n. snooker A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted.
- n. networking An independent chunk of data sent over the wires of a network.
- n. bowling A set of balls whose results are added together for scoring purposes. Usually two balls, but only one ball in the case of a strike, and three balls in the case of a strike or a spare in the last frame of a game.
- n. philately The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.
- n. film, animation A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th of a second.
- n. Internet An individually scrollable region of a webpage.
- n. baseball, slang An inning
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Arch. & Engin.) To construct by fitting and uniting the several parts of the skeleton of any structure; specifically, in woodwork, to put together by cutting parts of one member to fit parts of another. See dovetail, halve, v. t., miter, tenon, tooth, tusk, scarf, and splice.
- v. To originate; to plan; to devise; to contrive; to compose; in a bad sense, to invent or fabricate, as something false.
- v. To fit to something else, or for some specific end; to adjust; to regulate; to shape; to conform.
- v. obsolete To cause; to bring about; to produce.
- v. Obs. & R. To support.
- v. To provide with a frame, as a picture.
- v. to manufacture false evidence against (an innocent person), so as to make the person appear guilty of a crime. The act of
framinga person is often referred to as a frame-up.
- v. obsolete To shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech.
- v. obsolete To proceed; to go.
- n. Anything composed of parts fitted and united together; a fabric; a structure; esp., the constructional system, whether of timber or metal, that gives to a building, vessel, etc., its model and strength; the skeleton of a structure.
- n. The bodily structure; physical constitution; make or build of a person.
- n. A kind of open case or structure made for admitting, inclosing, or supporting things, as that which incloses or contains a window, door, picture, etc.; that on which anything is held or stretched.
- n. The skeleton structure which supports the boiler and machinery of a locomotive upon its wheels.
- n. (Founding) A molding box or flask, which being filled with sand serves as a mold for castings.
- n. The ribs and stretchers of an umbrella or other structure with a fabric covering.
- n. A structure of four bars, adjustable in size, on which cloth, etc., is stretched for quilting, embroidery, etc.
- n. (Hort.) A glazed portable structure for protecting young plants from frost.
- n. (Print.) A stand to support the type cases for use by the compositor.
- n. a pair of glasses without the lenses; that part of a pair of glasses that excludes the lenses.
- n. (Mach.) A term applied, especially in England, to certain machines built upon or within framework
- n. Form; shape; proportion; scheme; structure; constitution; system.
- n. Particular state or disposition, as of the mind; humor; temper; mood. Same as
frame of mind
- n. obsolete Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming.
- n. In games: (a) In pool, the triangular form used in setting up the balls; also, the balls as set up, or the round of playing required to pocket them all. (b) In bowling, as in tenpins, one of the several innings forming a game.
- n. a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning
- v. take or catch as if in a snare or trap
- n. one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided
- n. an application that divides the user's display into two or more windows that can be scrolled independently
- n. a single drawing in a comic_strip
- n. the framework for a pair of eyeglasses
- n. alternative names for the body of a human being
- n. the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
- v. formulate in a particular style or language
- v. enclose in or as if in a frame
- n. a single one of a series of still transparent pictures forming a cinema, television or video film
- n. (baseball) one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat
- n. the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
- v. construct by fitting or uniting parts together
- v. make up plans or basic details for
- v. enclose in a frame, as of a picture
- n. a framework that supports and protects a picture or a mirror
- From Middle English framen, fremen, fremmen ("to construct, build, strengthen, refresh, perform, execute, profit, avail"), from Old English framian, fremian, fremman ("to profit, avail, advance, perform, promote, execute, commit, do"), from Proto-Germanic *framjanan (“to perform, promote”), from Proto-Indo-European *promo- (“front, forward”). Cognate with Low German framen ("to commit, effect"), Danish fremme ("to promote, further, perform"), Swedish främja ("to promote, encourage, forster"), Icelandic fremja ("to commit"). More at from. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English framen, from Old English framian, to further, from fram, forward; see from. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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