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frame

[ freym ]
/ freɪm /
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noun

verb (used with object), framed, fram·ing.

verb (used without object), framed, fram·ing.

Archaic. to betake oneself; resort.
Archaic. to prepare, attempt, give promise, or manage to do something.

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RELATED WORDS

body, fabric, physique, framework, cage, structure, scaffolding, fabricate, mold, enclose, erect, construct, sketch, concoct, outline, prepare, devise, formulate, shape, trim

Nearby words

fraktur, frambesia, frambesioma, framboesia, framboise, frame, frame aerial, frame house, frame line, frame of mind, frame of reference

Origin of frame

before 1000; 1910–15 for def 8; 1920–25 for def 25; (v.) Middle English framen to prepare (timber), Old English framian to avail, profit; cognate with Old Norse frama to further, Old High German (gi)framōn to do; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.
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British Dictionary definitions for frame (1 of 2)

frame

/ (freɪm) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formsframable or frameable, adjectiveframeless, adjectiveframer, noun

Word Origin for frame

Old English framiae to avail; related to Old Frisian framia to carry out, Old Norse frama

British Dictionary definitions for frame (2 of 2)

Frame

/ (freɪm) /

noun

Janet . 1924–2004, and New Zealand writer: author of the novels Owls Do Cry (1957) and Faces in the Water (1961), the collection of verse The Pocket (1967), and volumes of autobiography including An Angel at My Table (1984), which was made into a film in 1990
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for frame

frame

[ frām ]

n.

Something composed of parts fitted and joined together.
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