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;
    develop;
    devise;
    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



Frame /freɪm/ n
  1. 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



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