/freɪm / (say fraym)

1. an enclosing border or case, as for a picture.
2. anything composed of parts fitted and joined together; a structure.
3. the sustaining parts of a structure fitted and joined together; framework; skeleton.
4. the body, especially the human body, with reference to its make or build.
5. a structure for admitting or enclosing something.
6. any of various machines operating on or within a framework.
7. a machine or part of a machine used in textile production.
8. the rigid part of a bicycle.
9. a particular state, as of the mind.
10. form, constitution, or structure in general; system; order.
11. a context which shapes the meaning of a communication.
12. Shipbuilding
a. one of the transverse structural members of a ship's hull, extending from the gunwale to the bilge or to the keel.
b. square frame, a frame set perpendicularly to the vertical plane of the keel.
c. cant frame, a frame set at an acute angle to the vertical plane of the keel.
13. Building Trades the wooden or steel supporting structure for a building.
14. a structure placed in a beehive on which bees build a honeycomb.
15. Baseball, Colloquial an inning.
16. Snooker
a. the triangular form used to set up the balls for a game.
b. the balls as so set up.
c. the period of play required to pocket them.
17. one of the successive small pictures on a strip of film.
18. Electronics a quantity of information which is transmitted as a unit, as a television picture.
19. Internet a section of a web page, often with a visible border, which operates as an independent window within the web page.
20. Colloquial an emaciated stock animal.
21. Colloquialframe-up.
verb (t) (framed, framing)
22. to form or make, as by fitting and uniting parts together; construct.
23. to contrive, devise, or compose, as a plan, law, poem, etc.
24. to conceive or imagine, as ideas, etc.
25. to fashion or shape.
26. to shape or to prearrange fraudulently or falsely, as a plot, a race, etc.
27. Colloquial to incriminate unjustly by a plot, as a person.
28. to provide with or put into a frame, as a picture.
29. to put into a context which allows some interpretation of meaning but disallows others: to frame a story as fictional.
30. Obsolete to direct, as one's steps.
31. frame a book, Horseracing to set oneself up as a bookmaker.
32. frame of mind, mental outlook, often specified as to its nature: a cheerful frame of mind.
{Middle English frame(n), Old English framian avail, profit, from fram forward; def. 13 US (1900s); def. 26 US (1920s)
frameless, adjective
framer, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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