- one of the ten divisions of a game.
- one of the squares on the scorecard, in which the score for a given frame is recorded.
- any of a number of transverse, riblike members for supporting and stiffening the shell of each side of a hull.
- any of a number of longitudinal members running between web frames to support and stiffen the shell plating of a metal hull.
verb (used with object), framed, fram·ing.
verb (used without object), framed, fram·ing.
- frame aerial,
- frame house,
- frame line,
- frame of mind,
- frame of reference
Origin of frame
Examples from the Web for frame
The media tend to frame situations like this as aberrations, but in this case, quite the opposite is the truth.
“For your $30 million Ruschas and $60 million Rothkos, you need to see the quality of the frame and brushstrokes,” he says.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty|Tim Teeman|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were still working on moviolas and working one frame at a time.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons|Rich Goldstein|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
FDR was also careful to frame the unprecedented government action as something common sense and essentially pragmatic.
In addition to lacking compelling personal narratives, the “pro-choice” frame is itself a loser.Ten Reasons Women Are Losing While Gays Keep Winning|Jay Michaelson|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is the moment, therefore, for us to frame our inexorable resolution.The Wrack of the Storm|Maurice Maeterlinck
Mulford knew them at a glance, and a cold shudder passed through his frame, as he recognised them.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef|James Fenimore Cooper
The door is a frame of thin strips of wood neatly thatched over.
This does not form one body with the rest of the frame, but is attached extemporaneously to it by bars and wedged bolts.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
He braced his frame like one preparing for a plunge into cold waters.The Woman in Black|Edmund Clerihew Bentley
- one of a series of individual exposures on a strip of film used in making motion pictures
- an individual exposure on a film used in still photography
- an individual picture in a comic strip
- a television picture scanned by one or more electron beams at a particular frequency
- the area of the picture so formed
- the wooden triangle used to set up the balls
- the balls when set up
- a single game finished when all the balls have been pottedUS and Canadian equivalent (for senses 8a, 8b): rack
verb (mainly tr)
- (usually imperative or dependent imperative)to make an effort
- to have ability
Word Origin for frame
Old English framian "to profit, be helpful, avail, benefit," from fram "active, vigorous, bold," originally "going forward," from fram "forward; from" (see from).
Influenced by related Old English fremman "help forward, promote, further, do, perform, accomplish," and by Old Norse fremja "to further, execute." Sense focused in Middle English from "make ready" (mid-13c.) to "prepare timber for building" (late 14c.). Meaning "compose, devise" is first attested 1540s.
The criminal slang sense of "blame an innocent person" (1920s) is probably from earlier sense of "plot in secret" (1900), perhaps ultimately from meaning "fabricate a story with evil intent," first attested 1510s. Related: Framed; framing.
c.1200, "profit, benefit;" mid-13c. "composition, plan," from frame (v.) and from Scandinavian (cf. Old Norse frami "advancement"). In late 14c. it also meant "the rack."
Meaning "building" is from early 15c.; that of "border or case for a picture or pane of glass" is from c.1600. The meaning "established order, plan" and that of "human body" are both first recorded 1590s. Of bicycles, from 1871; of motor cars, from 1900. Frame of mind is from 1711. Frame of reference is 1897, from mechanics and graphing; the figurative sense is attested from 1924.
(of buildings), "made of wood," 1790, American English, from frame (n.).