See also: Frame

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English framen, fremen, fremmen (to construct, build, strengthen, refresh, perform, execute, profit, avail), from Old English framian, fremian, fremman (to profit, avail, advance, perform, promote, execute, commit, do), from Proto-Germanic *framjaną (to perform, promote), from Proto-Indo-European *promo- (front, forward). Cognate with Low German framen (to commit, effect), Danish fremme (to promote, further, perform), Swedish främja (to promote, encourage, foster), Icelandic fremja (to commit). More at from.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fɹeɪm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪm

VerbEdit

frame (third-person singular simple present frames, present participle framing, simple past and past participle framed)

  1. (transitive) To fit, as for a specific end or purpose; make suitable or comfortable; adapt; adjust.
  2. (transitive) To construct by fitting together or uniting various parts; fabricate by union of constituent parts.
  3. (transitive) To bring or put into form or order; adjust the parts or elements of; compose; contrive; plan; devise.
    • a. 1587, Philippe Sidnei [i.e., Philip Sidney], “(please specify the page number)”, in Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne, and John Florio, editors, The Covntesse of Pembrokes Arcadia [The New Arcadia], London: [] [John Windet] for William Ponsonbie, published 1590, OCLC 801077108; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Cambridge English Classics: The Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney; I), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: University Press, 1912, OCLC 318419127:
      He began to frame the loveliest countenance he could.
    • 1741, I[saac] Watts, The Improvement of the Mind: Or, A Supplement to the Art of Logick: [], London: [] James Brackstone, [], OCLC 723474632:
      How many excellent reasonings are framed in the mind of a man of wisdom and study in a length of years.
    • 2016 February 20, “Obituary: Antonin Scalia: Always right”, in The Economist[1]:
      As for America’s constitution, speaking as the court’s originalist-in-chief, all that mattered was what its words meant when it was framed.
  4. (transitive) Of a constructed object such as a building, to put together the structural elements.
    Once we finish framing the house, we'll hang tin on the roof.
  5. (transitive) Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to place inside a decorative border.
  6. (transitive) To position visually within a fixed boundary.
    The director frames the fishing scene very well.
  7. (transitive) To construct in words so as to establish a context for understanding or interpretation.
    How would you frame your accomplishments?
    The way the opposition has framed the argument makes it hard for us to win.
    They have framed this sentencing bill as not caring about victims; we have to frame it as preventing government overreach.
  8. (transitive, criminology) Conspire to incriminate falsely a presumably innocent person. See frameup.
    The gun had obviously been placed in her car in an effort to frame her.
  9. (intransitive, dialectal, mining) To wash ore with the aid of a frame.
  10. (intransitive, dialectal) To move.
  11. (intransitive, obsolete) To proceed; to go.
  12. (tennis) To hit (the ball) with the frame of the racquet rather than the strings (normally a mishit).
  13. (transitive, obsolete) To strengthen; refresh; support.
  14. (transitive, obsolete) To execute; perform.
    All have sworn him an oath that they should frame his will on earth.
  15. (transitive, obsolete) To cause; to bring about; to produce.
  16. (intransitive, obsolete) To profit; avail.
  17. (intransitive, obsolete) To fit; accord.
    • 1531, William Tyndale, An Answer unto Sir Thomas More's Dialogue:
      When thou hast turned them all ways, and done thy best to hew them and to make them frame, thou must be fain to cast them out.
  18. (intransitive, obsolete) To succeed in doing or trying to do something; manage.

SynonymsEdit

  • (conspire to incriminate): fit up

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Dutch: frame
  • German: framen

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

 
A picture frame.
 
A bicycle frame (diamond frame).

frame (plural frames)

  1. The structural elements of a building or other constructed object.
    Now that the frame is complete, we can start on the walls.
  2. Anything composed of parts fitted and united together; a fabric; a structure.
  3. The structure of a person's body; the human body.
    His starved flesh hung loosely on his once imposing frame.
  4. A rigid, generally rectangular mounting for paper, canvas or other flexible material.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious frames, the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan's, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.
    The painting was housed in a beautifully carved frame.
  5. A piece of photographic film containing an image.
    • 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
      If the audience had a nickel for every time a character on one side of the frame says something could never happen as it simultaneously happens on the other side of the frame, they’d have enough to pay the surcharge for the movie’s badly implemented 3-D.
    A film projector shows many frames in a single second.
  6. A context for understanding or interpretation.
    In this frame, it's easy to ask the question that the investigators missed.
  7. (snooker) A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted.
  8. (networking) An independent chunk of data sent over a network.
  9. (bowling) A set of balls whose results are added together for scoring purposes. Usually two balls, but only one ball in the case of a strike, and three balls in the case of a strike or a spare in the last frame of a game.
  10. (horticulture) A movable structure used for the cultivation or the sheltering of plants.
    a forcing-frame; a cucumber frame
  11. (philately) The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.
  12. (philately) The outer circle of a cancellation mark.
  13. (electronics, film, animation, video games) A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th or 1/60th of a second.
  14. (Internet) An individually scrollable region of a webpage.
  15. (baseball, slang) An inning.
  16. (engineering, dated, chiefly Britain) Any of certain machines built upon or within framework.
    a stocking frame; a lace frame; a spinning frame
  17. (dated) Frame of mind; disposition.
    to be always in a happy frame
    • 1847, Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, chapter XVI:
      And I partook of the infinite calm in which she lay: my mind was never in a holier frame than while I gazed on that untroubled image of Divine rest.
  18. (obsolete) Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming.
  19. (dated, video games) A stage or level of a video game.
    • 1982, Gilsoft International, Mongoose (video game instructions) [3]
      When you play the game it will draw a set pattern depending on the frame you are on, with random additions to the pattern, to give a different orchard each time.
  20. (genetics, "reading frame") A way of dividing nucleotide sequences into a set of consecutive triplets.
  21. (computing) A form of knowledge representation in artificial intelligence.
  22. (mathematics) A complete lattice in which meets distribute over arbitrary joins.

QuotationsEdit

  • 1696, William Stephens, An Account of the Growth of Deism in England, page 17:
    ...It regulates and governs the Passions of the Mind, and brings them into due moderation and frame...

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

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AnagramsEdit


DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English frame.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

frame n (plural frames, diminutive framepje n)

  1. (snooker) frame
  2. (construction) frame

AnagramsEdit


GermanEdit

VerbEdit

frame

  1. inflection of framen:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English frame.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

frame m (plural frames)

  1. (networking) frame (independent chunk of data)
  2. (Internet) frame (individually scrollable region of a webpage)
  3. frame (individual image emitted by a projector or monitor)