WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
frame /freɪm/USA pronunciation  n., v.,  framed, fram•ing.

n. [countable]
  1. a border or case for enclosing a picture, mirror, etc.
  2. a rigid structure formed of joined pieces and used as a major support, as in buildings, machinery, and furniture:The frame of the car was rusting.
  3. a body, esp. a human body, with reference to its size or build; physique:a large frame.
  4. a structure for letting something in or enclosing something:a window frame.
  5. a particular state:an unhappy frame of mind.
  6. one of the successive pictures on a strip of film:Most of the frames came out all right.

v. [+ object]
  1. to construct; shape;
    compose:to frame a new constitution.
  2. to cause (an innocent person) to seem guilty:to invent false evidence and frame a defendant.
  3. to provide with or put into a frame:to frame the portrait.
fram•er, n. [countable]

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

frame /freɪm/ n
  1. 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
  2. an enclosing case or border into which something is fitted: the frame of a picture
  3. the system around which something is built up: the frame of government
  4. the structure of the human body
  5. a condition; state (esp in the phrase frame of mind)
  6. one of a series of individual exposures on a strip of film used in making motion pictures
  7. an individual exposure on a film used in still photography
  8. a television picture scanned by one or more electron beams at a particular frequency
  9. the wooden triangle used to set up the balls
  10. the balls when set up
  11. a single game finished when all the balls have been potted
  12. (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
  13. short for cold frame
  14. one of the sections of which a beehive is composed, esp one designed to hold a honeycomb
  15. an enumeration of a population for the purposes of sampling, esp as the basis of a stratified sample
  16. slang
    another word for frame-up
  17. obsolete shape; form
vb (mainly tr)
  1. to construct by fitting parts together
  2. to draw up the plans or basic details for; outline: to frame a policy
  3. to compose, contrive, or conceive: to frame a reply
  4. to provide, support, or enclose with a frame: to frame a picture
  5. to form (words) with the lips, esp silently
  6. slang to 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

ˈframeless adj ˈframer n

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