WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
frame /freɪm/USA pronunciation n., v., framed, fram•ing.

n. [countable]
  • a border or case for enclosing a picture, mirror, etc.
  • Building, Civil Engineeringa 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.
  • Anatomya body, esp. a human body, with reference to its size or build; physique:a large frame.
  • Buildinga structure for letting something in or enclosing something:a window frame.
  • a particular state:an unhappy frame of mind.
  • Cinema, Show Businessone of the successive pictures on a strip of film:Most of the frames came out all right.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to construct; shape;
    develop;
    devise;
    compose:to frame a new constitution.
  • Informal Termsto cause (an innocent person) to seem guilty:to invent false evidence and frame a defendant.
  • 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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