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frame definition

Overview

This page has 49 definitions of frame with English translations in 4 languages. Frame is a verb and noun. Examples of how to use frame in a sentence are shown. Also define these 77 related words and terms: fit, suitable, comfortable, adapt, adjust, compose, contrive, plan, devise, decorative, border, context, interpretation, criminology, frameup, mining, wash, move, tennis, strengthen, refresh, support, execute, perform, profit, avail, accord, succeed, manage, building, structure, body, human, mounting, film, snooker, break-off, potted, networking, chunk, data, network, bowling, strike, spare, horticulture, movable, cultivation, shelter, plant, philately, decorated, portion, electronics, animation, video game, Internet, webpage, baseball, inning, engineering, frame of mind, disposition, stage, level, genetics, computing, knowledge, representation, artificial intelligence, mathematics, complete lattice, meet, join, frame, construction, and framen.

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English frame definition

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

Verb

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 or uniting together 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.
  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.
    • Decorative definition
      That serves to decorate
  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.
  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.
    • Frameup definition
      A false incrimination of an innocent person; a scheme to frame an innocent person for a crime.
  9. (intransitive, dialectal, mining) To wash ore with the aid of a frame.
    • Mining definition
      The activity of removing solid valuables from the earth. (1 of 4 mining definitions)
  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.
    • Avail definition
      To turn to the advantage of. (1 of 5 avail definitions)
  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.
    • Accord definition
      Agreement or concurrence of opinion, will, or action. (1 of 7 accord definitions)
  18. (intransitive, obsolete) To succeed in doing or trying to do something; manage.

Synonyms

  • (conspire to incriminate): fit up

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Translations

Noun

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.
    • Mounting definition
      That continues to mount; steadily accumulating.
  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.
    • Potted definition
      simple past tense and past participle of pot
  8. (networking) An independent chunk of data sent over a network.
    • Data definition
      be black
  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
    • Plant definition
      An organism that is not an animal, especially an organism capable of photosynthesis. Typically a small or herbaceous organism of this kind, rather than a tree. (1 of 15 plant definitions)
  11. (philately) The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.
    • Decorated definition
      simple past tense and past participle of decorate
  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.
    • Electronics definition
      The study and use of electrical devices that operate by controlling the flow of electrons or other electrically charged particles or by converting the flow of charged particles to or from other forms of energy. (1 of 3 electronics definitions)
  14. (Internet) An individually scrollable region of a webpage.
    • Internet definition
      The specific internet consisting of a global network of computers that communicate using Internet Protocol (IP) and that use Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to identify the best paths to route those communications.
    • Webpage definition
      Alternative spelling of web page
  15. (baseball, slang) An inning.
    • Baseball definition
      A sport common in North America, the Caribbean, and Japan, in which the object is to strike a ball so that one of a nine-person team can run counter-clockwise among four bases, resulting in the scoring of a run. The team with the most runs after termination of play, usually nine innings, wins. (1 of 3 baseball definitions)
    • Inning definition
      A period of play in which members of a visiting baseball team attempt to hit a baseball pitched by the opposing home team until three players are called out, followed by a similar attempt by members of the home baseball team against the visiting team's pitching. There are nine or more innings in a regulation baseball game. (1 of 6 inning definitions)
  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.
    • Disposition definition
      The way in which something or someone is disposed or disposed of (in any sense of those terms); thus:
      1. Control over something, or the results produced by the exercise of such control; thus:
        1. The arrangement or placement of certain things. (1 of 10 disposition definitions)
  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) [2]
      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.
    • Knowledge definition
      The fact of knowing about something; general understanding or familiarity with a subject, place, situation etc. (1 of 12 knowledge definitions)
  22. (mathematics) A complete lattice in which meets distribute over arbitrary joins.

Quotations

  • 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...

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Translations

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Anagrams


Dutch frame definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English frame.

Pronunciation

Noun

frame n (plural frames, diminutive framepje n)

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

Anagrams


German frame definition

Verb

frame

  1. inflection of framen:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative
    • Framen definition
      to frame (construct in words so as to establish a context for understanding or interpretation)

Portuguese frame definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English frame.

Pronunciation

Noun

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)