Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A structure that gives shape or support.
  • noun The structure or physique of a human or animal body.
  • noun An open structure or rim for encasing, holding, or bordering.
  • noun A closed, often rectangular border of drawn or printed lines.
  • noun The edge, usually rectangular, delimiting the boundaries of an image.
  • noun The bounded area of a visual image, as in photography or film.
  • noun One of the set of still images that constitute a film or video.
  • noun A single image, as in a comic strip or graphic novel, usually bounded by a rectangular line.
  • noun Computers A rectangular area in which text or graphics can be shown, especially one of several rectangular areas on a web page displaying different documents simultaneously.
  • noun A general structure or system.
  • noun A general state or condition.
  • noun A frame of reference.
  • noun The presentation of events in a narrative work, especially a work of literature or film, such that characters in the narrative exist in isolation, uninfluenced by, unaware of, and unable to interact with the narrator or audience.
  • noun The context in which discourse occurs.
  • noun A pattern for a syntactic construction in which one of a group of words can vary.
  • noun A round or period of play in some games, such as bowling and billiards.
  • noun Baseball An inning.
  • noun A pair of eyeglasses, excluding the lenses.
  • noun Informal A frame-up.
  • noun Obsolete Shape; form.
  • intransitive verb To enclose in a frame.
  • intransitive verb To put together the structural parts of; construct the frame of.
  • intransitive verb To conceive or design.
  • intransitive verb To establish the context for and terminology regarding (a subject of discussion or debate), especially so as to exclude an unwanted point of view.
  • intransitive verb To put into words; formulate.
  • intransitive verb To form (words) silently with the lips.
  • intransitive verb To make up evidence or contrive events so as to incriminate (a person) falsely.
  • intransitive verb To prearrange (a contest) so as to ensure a desired fraudulent outcome; fix.
  • intransitive verb Baseball To catch (a pitch) in such a way as to make it appear to have passed through the strike zone.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To go; proceed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In ship-building, to erect and adjust the frames of (a vessel) in place above the keel on the building-slip.
  • 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.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from framen, to make progress, to frame, from Old English framian, to avail, profit, from fram, forward; see from.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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  • Jamie Holmes and Stewart Jones ensured that Cammell Laird Reserves stayed well in the title frame as they romped to a 5-0 triumph over Blacon YC.

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  • Jamie Holmes and Stewart Jones ensured that Cammell Laird Reserves stayed well in the title frame as they romped to a 5-0 triumph over Blacon YC.

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  • Jamie Holmes and Stewart Jones ensured that Cammell Laird Reserves stayed well in the title frame as they romped to a 5-0 triumph over Blacon YC.

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  • Hendon have pushed themselves back into the title frame as a result of an improved run of form which sees them now unbeaten in three games � with their last defeat being a 3-1 loss against Lions A. David Garbacz�s side can make a real statement of intent by bringing the Lions� superb run to an end � and that�s what it would be.

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