frame

A frame is a basic shape or structure, especially one that outlines or surrounds a door or window. If you slam your bedroom door hard enough, the whole frame might shake.

When frame is a noun, it is usually some kind of enclosure or outline that is also a physical support — like the frame around a window, a bed frame, or a picture frame. One frozen image, or still, from a movie is another kind of frame. As a verb, to frame means both to enclose something in a frame, the way you frame a painting, and to make it look like an innocent person is guilty of something.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: frame

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the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
enclose in or as if in a frame
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n
a single one of a series of still transparent pictures forming a cinema, television or video film
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n
the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
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nv
a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning
make up plans or basic details for
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n
one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided
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v
take or catch as if in a snare or trap
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: frame
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n the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape

Synonyms:
skeletal frame, skeleton, underframe
Types:
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chassis
the skeleton of a motor vehicle consisting of a steel frame supported on springs that holds the body and motor
hoop
a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt
farthingale
a hoop worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontally; worn by European women in the 16th and 17th centuries
pannier
set of small hoops used to add fullness over the hips
Type of:
supporting structure
a structure that serves to support something

n a framework that supports and protects a picture or a mirror

“the frame enhances but is not itself the subject of attention”
“the frame was much more valuable than the miror it held”
Synonyms:
framing
Type of:
framework
a structure supporting or containing something

n the framework for a pair of eyeglasses

Types:
chase
a rectangular metal frame used in letterpress printing to hold together the pages or columns of composed type that are printed at one time
Type of:
framework
a structure supporting or containing something

v enclose in or as if in a frame

frame a picture”
Synonyms:
border, frame in
Type of:
close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
surround completely

v enclose in a frame, as of a picture

Type of:
confine, enclose, hold in
close in; darkness enclosed him"

v construct by fitting or uniting parts together

Synonyms:
frame up
Type of:
build, construct, make
make by combining materials and parts
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n a single one of a series of still transparent pictures forming a cinema, television or video film

Type of:
exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

n a single drawing in a comic_strip

Type of:
drawing
an illustration that is drawn by hand and published in a book, magazine, or newspaper

n an application that divides the user's display into two or more windows that can be scrolled independently

Type of:
application, application program, applications programme
a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task
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n the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal

Synonyms:
skeletal system, skeleton, systema skeletale
Types:
endoskeleton
the internal skeleton; bony and cartilaginous structure (especially of vertebrates)
exoskeleton
the exterior protective or supporting structure or shell of many animals (especially invertebrates) including bony or horny parts such as nails or scales or hoofs
plastron
(zoology) the part of a turtle's shell forming its underside
Type of:
system
a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts

n alternative names for the body of a human being

Synonyms:
anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma
Types:
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person
a human body (usually including the clothing)
juvenile body
the body of a young person
adult body
the body of an adult human being
male body
the body of a male human being
female body
the body of a female human being
child's body
the body of a human child
adult female body, woman's body
the body of an adult woman
adult male body, man's body
the body of an adult man
Type of:
body, organic structure, physical structure
the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
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n a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning

Synonyms:
frame of reference
Types:
vocabulary
the system of techniques or symbols serving as a means of expression (as in arts or crafts)
Type of:
system, system of rules
a complex of methods or rules governing behavior

v make up plans or basic details for

frame a policy”
Synonyms:
compose, draw up
Type of:
plan
make plans for something

v formulate in a particular style or language

Synonyms:
cast, couch, put, redact
Type of:
articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
put into words or an expression
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n one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided

Type of:
division, part, section
one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

n (baseball) one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat

Synonyms:
inning
Type of:
division, part, section
one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
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v take or catch as if in a snare or trap

“The innocent man was framed by the police”
Synonyms:
ensnare, entrap, set up
Type of:
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
be false to; be dishonest with
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