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

  • transitive v. To build by putting together the structural parts of; construct: frame a house.
  • transitive v. To conceive or design: framed an alternate proposal.
  • transitive v. To arrange or adjust for a purpose: The question was framed to draw only one answer.
  • transitive v. To put into words; formulate: frame a reply.
  • transitive v. To form (words) silently with the lips.
  • transitive v. To enclose in or as if in a frame: frame a painting.
  • transitive v. Informal To make up evidence or contrive events so as to incriminate (a person) falsely.
  • transitive v. Informal To prearrange (a contest) so as to ensure a desired fraudulent outcome; fix: frame a prizefight.
  • intransitive v. Archaic To go; proceed.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To strengthen; refresh; support.
  • v. To execute; perform.
  • v. To profit; avail.
  • v. To fit; accord.
  • v. To succeed in doing or trying to do something; manage.
  • v. To fit, as for a specific end or purpose; make suitable or comfortable; adapt; adjust.
  • v. To construct by fitting or uniting together various parts; fabricate by union of constituent parts.
  • v. To bring or put into form or order; adjust the parts or elements of; compose; contrive; plan; devise.
  • v. Of a constructed object such as a building, to put together the structural elements.
  • v. Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to add a decorative border.
  • v. To position visually within a fixed boundary.
  • v. To construct in words so as to establish a context for understanding or interpretation.
  • v. (criminology) Conspire to incriminate falsely a presumably innocent person.
  • v. To wash ore with the aid of a frame.
  • v. 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. A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted.
  • n. An independent chunk of data sent over the wires of a network.
  • n. 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. The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.
  • n. A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th of a second.
  • n. An individually scrollable region of a webpage.
  • n. An inning

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To originate; to plan; to devise; to contrive; to compose; in a bad sense, to invent or fabricate, as something false.
  • transitive v. To fit to something else, or for some specific end; to adjust; to regulate; to shape; to conform.
  • transitive v. To cause; to bring about; to produce.
  • transitive v. To support.
  • transitive v. To provide with a frame, as a picture.
  • transitive v. to manufacture false evidence against (an innocent person), so as to make the person appear guilty of a crime. The act of framing a person is often referred to as a frame-up.
  • intransitive v. To shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech.
  • intransitive v. 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. 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. A glazed portable structure for protecting young plants from frost.
  • n. 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. 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. 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.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English framen, from Old English framian, to further, from fram, forward; see from.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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