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 .
frame ( third-person singular simple present , frames present participle , framing simple past and past participle )
( transitive ) To fit, as for a specific end or purpose; make suitable or comfortable; adapt; adjust.
1578, John Lyly,
Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit I will hereafter frame myself to be coy.
c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “ The Third Part of Henry the Sixt,”, in [ … ] Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act III, scene ii]: OCLC 606515358 frame my face to all occasions
1828, Walter Savage Landor, - Lord Brooke and Sir Philip Sidney
Imaginary Conversations We may in some measure frame our minds for the reception of happiness. 1832, Isaac Taylor, Saturday Evening
The human mind is framed to be influenced.
( transitive ) To construct by fitting or uniting together various parts; fabricate by union of constituent parts.
( transitive ) To bring or put into form or order; adjust the parts or elements of; compose; contrive; plan; devise.
1590, 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: [ … ] William Ponsonbie, ; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, OCLC 801077108 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.
( 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.
( transitive ) Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to place inside a decorative border.
( transitive ) To position visually within a fixed boundary.
The director frames the fishing scene very well.
( 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.
( 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.
( intransitive , dialectal , mining ) To wash ore with the aid of a frame.
( intransitive , dialectal ) To move.
( intransitive , obsolete ) To proceed; to go.
c. 1607–1608, William Shakeſpeare, The Late, And much admired Play, Called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. [ … ] , London: Imprinted at London for  Henry Goſſon, [ … ] , published 1609, , [Act I, scene prologue]: OCLC 78596089 The beautie of this ſinfull Dame, / Made many Princes thither frame, / To ſeeke her as a bedfellow, / In maryage pleaſures, playfellow:
( tennis ) To hit (the ball) with the frame of the racquet rather than the strings (normally a mishit).
( transitive , obsolete ) To strengthen; refresh; support.
( transitive , obsolete ) To execute; perform.
All have sworn him an oath that they should frame his will on earth. c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “ The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act I, scene ii]: OCLC 606515358 The silken tackle / Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hands / That yarely frame the office.
( transitive , obsolete ) To cause; to bring about; to produce.
1591, William Shakespeare, “ The Second Part of Henry the Sixt,”, in [ … ] Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act V, scene ii]: OCLC 606515358 Fear frames disorder, and disorder wounds.
( intransitive , obsolete ) To profit; avail.
( 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. ( intransitive , obsolete ) To succeed in doing or trying to do something; manage. ( conspire to incriminate ) : fit up
Derived terms Edit
put together the structural elements
add a decorative border to a picture
position visually within a fixed boundary
establish a context in words
cause a person to appear guilty
陥れる (ja) ( おとしいれる, otoshiireru ), 着せる ( きせる, kiseru ) Persian:
پاپوش درست کردن ( pâpuš dorost kardan ), پاپوش دوختن ( pâpuš duxtan ) Polish:
incriminar (pt) Russian:
подставля́ть (ru) impf ( podstavljátʹ ), подста́вить (ru) pf ( podstávitʹ ), оболгать (ru) ( obolgatʹ ) Serbo-Croatian:
, сместити smestiti (sh) Spanish:
, inculpar falsamente , incriminar falsamente hacer la cama (es) Swedish:
sätta dit (sv) Vietnamese: vu oan , (vi) vu hãm
A bicycle frame (diamond frame).
frame ( plural )
frames The structural elements of a
building or other constructed object.
Now that the frame is complete, we can start on the walls. Anything composed of parts fitted and united together; a fabric; a
1667, John Milton, “Book 5”, in , London: Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books [ … ] [ Samuel Simmons], [ … ] , ; republished as OCLC 228722708 Paradise Lost in Ten Books:, London: Basil Montagu Pickering [ … ] [ … ] , 1873, : OCLC 230729554 These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, / Almighty! thine this universal frame. The structure of a person's
body; the human body.
His starved flesh hung loosely on his once imposing frame.
1855, Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, XXXIV:
There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met / To view the last of me, a living frame / For one more picture! [… ] 1927-29, M.K. Gandhi, , translated The Story of My Experiments with Truth 1940 by Mahadev Desai, Part I, Chapter xi:
The high school had a send-off in my honour. It was an uncommon thing for a young man of Rajkot to go to England. I had written out a few words of thanks. But I could scarcely stammer them out. I remember how my head reeled and how my whole frame shook as I stood up to read them. 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. 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. A
context for understanding or interpretation.
In this frame, it's easy to ask the question that the investigators missed.
( snooker ) A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted.
( networking ) An independent chunk of data sent over a network.
( 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.
( horticulture ) A movable structure used for the cultivation or the sheltering of plants.
a forcing- frame; a cucumber frame
( philately ) The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.
( philately ) The outer circle of a cancellation mark.
( electronics , film , animation , video games ) A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th or 1/60th of a second.
( Internet ) An individually scrollable region of a webpage.
( baseball , slang ) An inning.
( engineering , dated , chiefly Britain ) Any of certain machines built upon or within framework.
a stocking frame; a lace frame; a spinning frame
( 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.
( obsolete ) Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming.
1598–1599 (first performance) , William Shakespeare, “ Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act IV, scene i]: OCLC 606515358 John the bastard / Whose spirits toil in frame of villainies.
( dated , video games ) A stage or level of a video game.
1982, Gilsoft International, Mongoose (video game instructions) 
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.
( genetics , "reading frame" ) A way of dividing nucleotide sequences into a set of consecutive triplets.
( computing ) A form of knowledge representation in artificial intelligence. ( mathematics ) A complete lattice in which meets distribute over arbitrary joins.
Quotations Edit 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 terms Edit
structural elements of a building or other constructed object
շրջանակ (hy) ( šrǰanak ) Azerbaijani:
çərçivə (az) Catalan:
estructura (ca) f Chinese:
Mandarin: 骨架 (zh) ( gǔjià ), 架 (zh) ( jià ) Dutch:
raamwerk (nl) n Esperanto:
karoserio ( automobile ); framo ( building, bicycle, etc. ) Finnish:
runko (fi) French:
cadre (fr) , m armature (fr) , f ossature (fr) f Georgian:
კარკასი ( ḳarḳasi ), ფერმა ( perma ), ჩარჩო ( čarčo ) German:
Gerüst (de) , n Rahmen (de) m Greek:
σκελετός (el) m ( skeletós ) Hungarian:
váz , (hu) tartószerkezet Italian:
impalcatura (it) , f incastellatura (it) , f armatura (it) , f telaio (it) (of a bicycle) m Japanese:
枠 (ja) ( わく, waku ) Khmer: please add this translation if you can
Northern Kurdish: milbend , (ku) çarçev (ku) Lithuanian:
karkasas m Macedonian:
рамка f ( ramka ) Maori:
, kauwhata tīrewa Mongolian:
хүрээ (mn) ( hüree ), жааз (mn) ( žaaz ) Norwegian:
bjelkelag , n rammeverk , n armatur m Plautdietsch:
Steilozh f Portuguese:
estrutura (pt) , f armação (pt) f Romanian:
cadru (ro) , n ramă (ro) , f chenar (ro) n Russian:
карка́с (ru) m ( karkás ), о́стов (ru) m ( óstov ), ра́ма (ru) f ( ráma ), фе́рма (ru) f ( férma ) Spanish:
estructura (es) , f armazón (es) f Swahili:
fremu (sw) Swedish:
stomme , (sv) bjälklag (sv) Tagalog:
กรอบ (th) ( grɔ̀ɔp ) Turkish:
iskelet (tr) Vietnamese: please add this translation if you can
structure of a person's body
rigid, generally rectangular mounting
piece of photographic film containing an image
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