Framework refers to the initial structure of a building. If you ever wanted to walk through walls, you can get your chance when a new house has just the framework done, because the house will have walls with openings for windows and doors but no plaster or siding.

From the literal meaning of framework — the initial structure of a building — English added figurative meanings. The noun framework, for example, can be any underlying structure something is built on, so you will see examples like: a framework for solving the problem, a framework for the computer program, and a framework for a new relationship.

Definitions of framework

n the underlying structure

“providing a factual framework for future research”
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the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts

n a structure supporting or containing something

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the framework and covering of an airplane or rocket (excluding the engines)
arbor, arbour, bower, pergola
a framework that supports climbing plants
a framework worn at the back below the waist for giving fullness to a woman's skirt
case, casing
the enclosing frame around a door or window opening
climbing frame
a framework of bars or logs for children to climb on
a framework on which to hang clothes (as for drying)
a raised framework around a hatchway on a ship to keep water out
cornice, pelmet, valance, valance board
a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing
(paper making) a frame used to form paper pulp into sheets
a framework erected over an oil well to allow drill tubes to be raised and lowered
doorcase, doorframe
the frame that supports a door
buffer, cowcatcher, fender, pilot
an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
frame, framing
a framework that supports and protects a picture or a mirror
the framework for a pair of eyeglasses
gantry, gauntry
a framework of steel bars raised on side supports to bridge over or around something; can display railway signals above several tracks or can support a traveling crane etc.
grate, grating
a frame of iron bars to hold a fire
grill, grille, grillwork
a framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate
gun carriage
a framework on which a gun is mounted for firing
a rectangular frame with handles at both ends; carried by two people
hayrack, hayrig
a frame attached to a wagon to increase the amount of hay it can carry
a framework of hexagonal cells resembling the honeycomb built by bees
fretwork, lattice, latticework
framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal
framework used for support or display
a wooden framework bent in the shape of a U; its upper ends are attached to the horizontal yoke and the loop goes around the neck of an ox
picture frame
a framework in which a picture is mounted
framework for holding objects
a framework of ribs
sash, window sash
a framework that holds the panes of a window in the window frame
buck, horse, sawbuck, sawhorse
a framework for holding wood that is being sawed
a frame for constraining an animal while it is receiving veterinary attention or while being shod
a frame that supports a boat while it is under construction
a wooden framework on which canvas is stretched and fixed for oil painting
embroidery frame, embroidery hoop, tambour
a frame made of two hoops; used for embroidering
a framework with hooks used for stretching and drying cloth
a framework of beams (rafters, posts, struts) forming a rigid structure that supports a roof or bridge or other structure
framework that serves as a support for the body of a vehicle
baby-walker, go-cart, walker
an enclosing framework on casters or wheels; helps babies learn to walk
Zimmer, Zimmer frame, walker
a light enclosing framework (trade name Zimmer) with rubber castors or wheels and handles; helps invalids or the handicapped or the aged to walk
framework consisting of stakes interwoven with branches to form a fence
a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air
window frame
the framework that supports a window
barbecue, barbeque
a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
barbette carriage
a gun carriage elevated so that the gun can be fired over the parapet
bay window, bow window
a window that sticks out from the outside wall of a house
bicycle rack
a rack for parking bicycles
a rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage or skis or the like
a window sash that is hinged (usually on one side)
casement window
a window with one or more casements
a rectangular metal frame used in letterpress printing to hold together the pages or columns of composed type that are printed at one time
a metal mounting for the circuit components of an electronic device
clearstory, clerestory
part of an interior wall rising above the adjacent roof with windows admitting light
coat rack, coatrack, hatrack
a rack with hooks for temporarily holding coats and hats
dish rack
a rack for holding dishes as dishwater drains off of them
display window, shop window, shopwindow, show window
a window of a store facing onto the street; used to display merchandise for sale in the store
dormer, dormer window
a gabled extension built out from a sloping roof to accommodate a vertical window
dormer window
the window in a gabled extension built to accommodate a window
double glazing
a window with two panes of glass and a space between them; reduces heat and noise transmission through the window
double-hung window
a window having two sashes that slide up and down
a semicircular window over a door or window; usually has sash bars like the ribs of a fan
grape arbor, grape arbour
an arbor where grapes are grown
a rack that holds hay for feeding livestock
lancet window
a narrow window having a lancet arch and without tracery
landing gear
an undercarriage that supports the weight of the plane when it is on the ground
jalousie, louvered window
a window with glass louvers
mat, matting
mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture
mount, setting
a mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or other jewelry) that holds a gem in place
oeil de boeuf
a circular or oval window; 17th or 18th century French architecture
a mounting for a picture using gummed tape
picture window
a large window with a single pane (usually overlooking a view)
pipe rack
a rack for holding a smoker's pipes
pivoting window
a window that opens by pivoting either horizontally or vertically
plate rack
a rack for holding plates to dry after they have been washed
a window in a ship or airplane
rose window, rosette
circular window filled with tracery
sash window
a window with (usually two) sashes that slide vertically to let in air
fanlight, skylight
a window in a roof to admit daylight
sliding window
a window that open by sliding horizontally
stained-glass window
a window made of stained glass
storm sash, storm window
a window outside an ordinary window to protect against severe weather or winter
tie rack
a rack for storing ties
a rack for holding slices of toast
towel horse, towel rack
a rack consisting of one or more bars on which towels can be hung
fanlight, transom, transom window
a window above a door that is usually hinged to a horizontal crosspiece over the door
treillage, trellis
latticework used to support climbing plants
sawhorses used in pairs to support a horizontal tabletop
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supporting structure
a structure that serves to support something

n a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process

model, theoretical account
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computer simulation, simulation
(computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program
mean sun
a theoretical sun that moves along the celestial equator at a constant speed and completes its annual course in the same amount of time the real sun takes at variable speeds
Copernican system
(astronomy) Copernicus' astronomical model in which the Earth rotates around the sun
Ptolemaic system
(astronomy) Ptolemy's model of the universe with the Earth at the center
(particle physics) a theory that involves an eleven-dimensional universe in which the weak and strong forces and gravity are unified and to which all the string theories belong
string theory
(particle physics) a theory that postulates that subatomic particles are one-dimensional strings
stochastic process
a statistical process involving a number of random variables depending on a variable parameter (which is usually time)
Markoff process, Markov process
a simple stochastic process in which the distribution of future states depends only on the present state and not on how it arrived in the present state
random walk
a stochastic process consisting of a sequence of changes each of whose characteristics (as magnitude or direction) is determined by chance
stationary stochastic process
a stochastic process in which the distribution of the random variables is the same for any value of the variable parameter
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hypothesis, possibility, theory
a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena

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