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.

Definitions of frame
  1. noun
    the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
    synonyms: skeletal frame, skeleton, underframe
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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
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    supporting structure
    a structure that serves to support something
  2. noun
    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
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    framework
    a structure supporting or containing something
  3. noun
    the framework for a pair of eyeglasses
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    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
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    framework
    a structure supporting or containing something
  4. verb
    enclose in or as if in a frame
    frame a picture”
    synonyms: border, frame in
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    close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
    surround completely
  5. verb
    enclose in a frame, as of a picture
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    confine, enclose, hold in
    close in; "darkness confined him"
  6. verb
    construct by fitting or uniting parts together
    synonyms: frame up
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    build, construct, make
    make by combining materials and parts
  7. noun
    a single one of a series of still transparent pictures forming a cinema, television or video film
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    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
  8. noun
    a single drawing in a comic strip
    synonyms: panel
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    drawing
    an illustration that is drawn by hand and published in a book, magazine, or newspaper
  9. noun
    an application that divides the user's display into two or more windows that can be scrolled independently
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    application, application program, applications programme
    a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task
  10. noun
    the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
    synonyms: skeletal system, skeleton, systema skeletale
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    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
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    system
    a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts
  11. noun
    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
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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
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    body, organic structure, physical structure
    the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
  12. noun
    a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning
    synonyms: frame of reference
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    vocabulary
    the system of techniques or symbols serving as a means of expression (as in arts or crafts)
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    system, system of rules
    a complex of methods or rules governing behavior
  13. verb
    make up plans or basic details for
    frame a policy”
    synonyms: compose, draw up
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    plan
    make plans for something
  14. verb
    formulate in a particular style or language
    synonyms: cast, couch, put, redact
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    articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
    put into words or an expression
  15. noun
    one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided
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    division, part, section
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
  16. noun
    (baseball) one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat
    synonyms: inning
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    division, part, section
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
  17. verb
    take or catch as if in a snare or trap
    “The innocent man was framed by the police”
    synonyms: ensnare, entrap, set up
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    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
    be false to; be dishonest with
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