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
  1. noun
    the underlying structure
    “providing a factual framework for future research”
    synonyms: fabric
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    the underlying framework of something immaterial, especially a literary work
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    the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts
  2. noun
    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
    a framework on which a sculptor molds a sculpture made of clay or a similar material
    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
  3. noun
    a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process
    synonyms: 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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