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  1. frame
  2. noun

    • 1. a rigid structure that surrounds or encloses something such as a door or window.

    • 2. a metal or plastic structure holding the lenses of a pair of glasses.

    • 3. a case or border enclosing a mirror or picture.

    • 4. the rigid supporting structure of an object such as a vehicle, building, or piece of furniture:

      the wooden frame of the huge bed an old bicycle frame
    • 5. a boxlike structure of glass or plastic in which seeds or young plants are grown.

    • 6. the universe, or part of it, regarded as an embracing structure:

      this goodly frame the Earth
    • 7. a person's body with reference to its size or build:

      a shiver shook her slim frame
      Synonym : body, figure, form, shape, physique, build, size, proportions, skeleton, bones, framework, structure, bod, chassis
    • 8. a basic structure that underlies or supports a system, concept, or text:

      the establishment of conditions provides a frame for interpretation
    • 9. short for frame of reference

    • 10. the genre or form of a literary text determining its expected style and content:

      my poems look as though they have a classical frame
    • 11. an enclosing section of narrative, especially one which foregrounds or comments on the primary narrative of a text:

      a frame narrator reports the narrative spoken by an inner narrator
    • 12. the structure, constitution, or nature of someone or something:

      we have in our inward frame various affections
    • 13. a structural environment within which a class of words or other linguistic units can be correctly used. For example I — him is a frame for a large class of transitive verbs.

    • 14. a single complete picture in a series forming a movie, television, or video film:

      video footage slowed down to 20 frames a second
    • 15. a single picture in a comic strip.

    • 16. a graphic panel in a display window, especially in a web browser, which encloses a self-contained section of data and permits multiple independent document viewing.

    • 17. another term for rack

    • 18. a round of play in bowling.

    • 19. an inning in a baseball game:

      he closed out the game by pitching two hitless frames
    • 20. short for frame-up


    • 1. place (a picture or photograph) in a frame:

      he had the photo framed
      Synonym : mount, set in a frame, surround, enclose, encase
    • 2. surround so as to create a sharp or attractive image:

      a short, strong style cut to frame the face
    • 3. create or formulate (a concept, plan, or system):

      the staff have proved invaluable in framing the proposals
      Synonym : formulate, draw up, plan, draft, map out, sketch out, work out, shape, compose, put together, arrange, form, devise, create, establish, conceive, think up, hatch, originate, orchestrate, engineer, organize, coordinate, dream up, cook up
    • 4. form or articulate (words):

      he walked out before she could frame a reply
    • 5. make or construct (something) by fitting parts together or in accordance with a plan:

      what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?
    • 6. produce false evidence against (an innocent person) so that they appear guilty:

      he claims he was framed
      Synonym : falsely incriminate, fabricate charges against, fabricate evidence against, entrap, fit up, set up
    • 7. erect the framework of a building.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: frame, plural noun: frames

    • v.: verb: frame, 3rd person present: frames, gerund or present participle: framing, past tense: framed, past participle: framed

    • noun

      a rigid structure that surrounds something such as a picture, door, or windowpane.

      a metal or plastic structure holding the lenses of a pair of glasses.

    • verb

      place (a picture or photograph) in a frame:

      surround so as to create a striking or attractive image:

    • adjective

      (of a picture or similar) held in a frame:

      (of a building) having a frame of a specified material:

    • adjective

      (of a picture, photograph, etc.) held in a frame:

      (of a building) having a frame of a specified material:

    • noun

      a single frame forming a motionless image from a film or videotape.

      the facility of stopping a film or videotape in order to view a motionless image.

    • verb

      use a freeze-frame facility on (an image or a recording):
    • noun

      a frame shaped like a capital letter A.

      a house built around a timber A-frame.

    • noun

      a frame used by disabled or infirm people for support while walking, typically made of metal tubing with small wheels or rubber-tipped feet; a walker.
    • noun

      a device for displaying a revolving selection of digital photographs, which can be uploaded directly from a digital camera or memory card.
    • noun

      see frame of reference
    • noun

      a saw with a thin blade kept rigid by being stretched in a frame.
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