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framework

[freym-wurk] /ˈfreɪmˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
a skeletal structure designed to support or enclose something.
2.
a frame or structure composed of parts fitted and joined together.
3.
the construction or sale of frames.
4.
work done in, on, or with a frame.
Origin of framework
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; frame + work
Related forms
underframework, noun
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  • The framework is to be covered with cloth in the same manner as the planes.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • The framework is of bamboo, strengthened and held taut with wire guys.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Struts (also of spruce, as is all the framework) are elliptical in shape.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Martino mounted the bed, and swung for an instant from the framework of the canopy.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • It is I who outline with mystic taps the framework of the story.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for framework

framework

/ˈfreɪmˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
a structural plan or basis of a project
2.
a structure or frame supporting or containing something
3.
frames collectively
4.
work such as embroidery or weaving done in or on a frame
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Word Origin and History for framework
n.

1640s, from frame (n.) + work (n.). Figurative sense is from 1816.

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