from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A structure for supporting or enclosing something else, especially a skeletal support used as the basis for something being constructed.
- n. An external work platform; a scaffold.
- n. A fundamental structure, as for a written work.
- n. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The arrangement of support beams that represent a building's general shape and size.
- n. The larger branches of a tree that determine its shape.
- n. A basic conceptual structure.
- n. The identification and categorisation of processes or steps that constitute a complex task or mindset in order to render explicit the tacit and implicit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The work of framing, or the completed work; the frame or constructional part of anything.
- n. Work done in, or by means of, a frame or loom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A structure or fabric for inclosing or supporting anything; a frame; a skeleton: as, the framework of a building; the bones are the framework of the body.
- n. Structure; constitution; adjusted arrangement; system.
- n. A kind of fancy work made with yarn of silk or worsted drawn across a frame in two directions, and knotted or otherwise secured at the intersections, producing reticulated patterns, sometimes of considerable elaboration.
- n. Spinning done on a throstleor ring-frame; also, knitting done on a stocking-frame.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a structure supporting or containing something
- n. a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process
- n. the underlying structure
frame + work (Wiktionary)