I. verb (framed; framing) Etymology: Middle English, to benefit, construct, from Old English framian to benefit, make progress; akin to Old Norse fram forward, Old English fram from Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to construct by fitting and uniting the parts of the skeleton of (a structure) 2. a. plan, contrive <
framed a new method of achieving their purpose
b. shape, construct c. to give expression to ; formulate d. to draw up (as a document) 3. a. to devise falsely (as a criminal charge) b. to contrive the evidence against (an innocent person) so that a verdict of guilty is assured c. fix 7b 4. to fit or adjust especially to something or for an end ; arrange 5. obsolete produce 6. to enclose in a frame; also to enclose as if in a frame intransitive verb 1. archaic proceed, go 2. obsolete manageframable or frameable adjectiveframer noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. something composed of parts fitted together and united b. the physical makeup of an animal and especially a human body ; physique, figure 2. a. the underlying constructional system or structure that gives shape or strength (as to a building) b. a frame dwelling 3. obsolete the act or manner of framing 4. a. a machine built upon or within a framework <
a spinning frame
b. an open case or structure made for admitting, enclosing, or supporting something <
a window frame
c. (1) a part of a pair of glasses that holds one of the lenses (2) plural that part of a pair of glasses other than the lenses d. a structural unit in an automobile chassis supported on the axles and supporting the rest of the chassis and the body 5. a. an enclosing border b. the matter or area enclosed in such a border: as (1) one of the squares in which scores for each round are recorded (as in bowling); also a round in bowling (2) an individual drawing in a comic strip usually enclosed by a bordering line (3) one picture of the series on a length of film (4) a complete image for display (as on a television set) c. an inning in baseball d. (1) framework 1a (2) context, frame of reference e. an event that forms the background for the action of a novel or play 6. frame-up III. adjective Date: 1753 having a wood frame <
frame houses

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Frame — Frame, n. 1. Anything composed of parts fitted and united together; a fabric; a structure; esp., the constructional system, whether of timber or metal, that gives to a building, vessel, etc., its model and strength; the skeleton of a structure.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frame — ist in der Hauptbedeutung ein vom englischen Wort frame (dt.: Rahmen, Gestell) stammendes Fremdwort, das in verschiedenen Zusammenhängen verwendet wird: als Abstraktum: den sichtbaren Bildausschnitt eines Films Einzelbilder in Filmen, Animationen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • frame — [frām] vt. framed, framing [ME framen < frame, a structure, frame, prob. < ON frami, profit, benefit, akin to frama, to further < fram, forward (akin to OE fram, FROM); some senses < OE framian, to be helpful: see FURNISH] 1. to shape …   English World dictionary

  • Frame — Frame, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Framed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Framing}.] [OE. framen, fremen, to execute, build, AS. fremman to further, perform, effect, fr. fram strong, valiant; akin to E. foremost, and prob. to AS. fram from, Icel. fremja, frama, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frame — is generally accepted as being of Scottish origin although this is by no means certain. It is believed to derive from the Olde English pre 7th century word fram a term for a lusty and vigorous man! Today Frame is fairly prevalent on the western… …   Surnames reference

  • frame — ► NOUN 1) a rigid structure surrounding a picture, door, etc. 2) (frames) a metal or plastic structure holding the lenses of a pair of glasses. 3) the rigid supporting structure of a vehicle, piece of furniture, or other object. 4) a person s… …   English terms dictionary

  • frame — vt framed, fram·ing 1: to formulate the contents of and draw up (as a document) in the two hundred years since our Constitution was framed W. J. Brennan, Jr. 2: to contrive the evidence against (as an innocent person) so that a verdict of guilty… …   Law dictionary

  • frame — frame, framing, frame analysis In Frame Analysis (1974), Erving Goffman defines a ‘frame’ as ‘definitions of the situation [that] are built up in accordance with the principles of organization which govern events at least social ones and our… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Frame — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Se denomina frame en inglés, a un fotograma o cuadro, una imagen particular dentro de una sucesión de imágenes que componen una animación. La continua sucesión de estos fotogramas producen a la vista la sensación de… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Frame — Frame, v. i. 1. To shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech. [Obs.] Judg. xii. 6. [1913 Webster] 2. To proceed; to go. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The bauty of this sinful dame Made many princes thither frame. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frame-up — frame ups N COUNT A frame up is a situation where someone pretends that an innocent person has committed a crime by deliberately lying or inventing evidence. [INFORMAL] He was innocent and the victim of a frame up …   English dictionary

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.