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  • n. Device or marking such as postage stamp, printed or stamped impressions, codings, labels, manuscript writings, or any other authorized form of markings affixed or applied to mails to qualify them to be postally serviced.
  • v. Present participle of frank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A method of forming a joint at the intersection of window-sash bars, by cutting away only enough wood to show a miter.


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  • Well, for one thing, the always helpful Wikipedia tells us that the very word franking comes from the Latin word "francus," meaning free.

    Twitter Prompts a Rethinking of the Logic of Franking

  • The best part of the two hours was spent in "franking" -- that is censoring -- his men's letters.

    "Contemptible", by "Casualty"

  • Congressional rules bar lawmakers from using their free-mail privilege -- known as franking -- to send mass mailings through the U.S. Postal S.rvice in the 90 days before an election.

    Electronic Outreach Tests House Rules

  • The system of "franking" -- by which the privileged classes got not only their letters carried, but a great deal too often their dressing-cases and bandboxes as well -- grew into a most serious grievance; so serious indeed that the opposition for a long period carried on against cheap postage arose solely from over nice regard to the vested interests of those who could command a little favour from a Peer, a Member of Parliament, or an official of high rank, not to speak of those patriotic worthies themselves.

    The Argosy Vol. 51, No. 5, May, 1891

  • This was called franking, and plenty of letters by no means on public business travelled in that way.

    Old Times at Otterbourne

  • Runyan was referring to Rep. John Adler's use of the so-called franking privilege, in which members of Congress can make free mailings to constituents. - News

  • Like savings account interest but better, dividends usually come with a tax benefit, known as a franking credit. | Top Stories

  • The expense, called franking, is intended to help lawmakers keep in touch with constituents and covers mailed letters and postcards, although e-mail has grown in popularity.


  • Laughing my head off at the dog with the box and the 'franking'.

    Spoil your dog: Extravagant dog toys.

  • They have pleaded for the privilege of "franking" their answers.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, April 30, 1919


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