frame(frām),USA pronunciationn., v.,framed, fram•ing. n.
a border or case for enclosing a picture, mirror, etc.
Building, Civil Engineeringa rigid structure formed of relatively slender pieces, joined so as to surround sizable empty spaces or nonstructural panels, and generally used as a major support in building or engineering works, machinery, furniture, etc.
Anatomya body, esp. a human body, with reference to its size or build; physique:He has a large frame.
Buildinga structure for admitting or enclosing something:a window frame.
Usually, frames. (used with a pl. v.) the framework for a pair of eyeglasses.
form, constitution, or structure in general; system; order.
a particular state, as of the mind:an unhappy frame of mind.
Cinema, Show Business[Motion Pictures.]one of the successive pictures on a strip of film.
Radio and Television[Television.]a single traversal by the electron beam of all the scanning lines on a television screen. In the U.S. this is a total of 525 lines traversed in &fracnumer; 1&fracdenom; 30&fracend; second. Cf. field (def. 19).
Computingthe information or image on a screen or monitor at any one time.
one of the ten divisions of a game.
one of the squares on the scorecard, in which the score for a given frame is recorded.
Games[Pool.]rack1 (def. 3).
Slang Termsa frame-up.
Printingenclosing lines, usually forming a square or rectangle, to set off printed matter in a newspaper, magazine, or the like; a box.
the structural unit that supports the chassis of an automobile.
Naval Termsany of a number of transverse, riblike members for supporting and stiffening the shell of each side of a hull.
Naval Termsany of a number of longitudinal members running between web frames to support and stiffen the shell plating of a metal hull.
Mechanical Engineering, Textilesa machine or part of a machine supported by a framework, esp. as used in textile production:drawing frame; spinning frame.
Printingthe workbench of a compositor, consisting of a cabinet, cupboards, bins, and drawers, and having flat and sloping work surfaces on top.
Printing[Bookbinding.]an ornamental border, similar to a picture frame, stamped on the front cover of some books.
Nautical, Naval Termsin frame,[Shipbuilding.](of a hull) with all frames erected and ready for planking or plating.
to form or make, as by fitting and uniting parts together; construct.
to contrive, devise, or compose, as a plan, law, or poem:to frame a new constitution.
to conceive or imagine, as an idea.
Informal Termsto incriminate (an innocent person) through the use of false evidence, information, etc.
to provide with or put into a frame, as a picture.
to give utterance to:Astonished, I attempted to frame adequate words of protest.
to form or seem to form (speech) with the lips, as if enunciating carefully.
to fashion or shape:to frame a bust from marble.
to shape or adapt to a particular purpose:to frame a reading list for ninth graders.
Informal Termsto contrive or prearrange fraudulently or falsely, as in a scheme or contest.
to adjust (film) in a motion-picture projector so as to secure exact correspondence of the outlines of the frame and aperture.
to line up visually in a viewfinder or sight.
[Archaic.]to direct, as one's steps.
[Archaic.]to betake oneself; resort.
[Archaic.]to prepare, attempt, give promise, or manage to do something.
bef. 1000; 1910–15 for def. 8; 1920–25 for def. 25; (verb, verbal) Middle English framen to prepare (timber), Old English framian to avail, profit; cognate with Old Norse frama to further, Old High German (gi)framōn to do; (noun, nominal) Middle English, derivative of the verb, verbal
an open structure that gives shape and support to something, such as the transverse stiffening ribs of a ship's hull or an aircraft's fuselage or the skeletal beams and uprights of a building
an enclosing case or border into which something is fitted: the frame of a picture
the system around which something is built up: the frame of government
the structure of the human body
a condition; state (esp in the phrase frame of mind)
one of a series of individual exposures on a strip of film used in making motion pictures
an individual exposure on a film used in still photography
a television picture scanned by one or more electron beams at a particular frequency
the wooden triangle used to set up the balls
the balls when set up
a single game finished when all the balls have been potted
(on a website) a self-contained section that functions independently from other parts; by using frames, a website designer can make some areas of a website remain constant while others change according to the choices made by the internet user
to draw up the plans or basic details for; outline: to frame a policy
to compose, contrive, or conceive: to frame a reply
to provide, support, or enclose with a frame: to frame a picture
to form (words) with the lips, esp silently
slangto conspire to incriminate (someone) on a false charge
Etymology: Old English framiae to avail; related to Old Frisian framia to carry out, Old Norse frama
Janet. 1924–2004, and New Zealand writer: author of the novels Owls Do Cry (1957) and Faces in the Water (1961), the collection of verse The Pocket (1967), and volumes of autobiography including An Angel at My Table (1984), which was made into a film in 1990