a border or case for enclosing a picture, mirror, etc.
a rigid structure formed of relatively slender pieces, joined so as to surround sizable empty spaces or nonstructural panels, and generally used as a major support in building or engineering works, machinery, furniture, etc.
a body, especially a human body, with reference to its size or build;physique: He has a large frame.
a structure for admitting or enclosing something: a window frame.
Usually frames. (used with a plural verb) the framework for a pair of eyeglasses.
form, constitution, or structure in general; system; order.
Movies. one of the successive pictures on a strip of film.
Television. a single traversal by the electron beam of all the scanning lines on a television screen. In the U.S. this is a total of 525 lines traversed in 1/30 (0.033) second.: Compare field (def. 19).
Computers. the information or image on a screen or monitor at any one time.
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.
Pool. rack1 (def. 3).
Baseball. an inning.
Slang. a frame-up.
enclosing lines, usually forming a square or rectangle, to set off printed matter in a newspaper, magazine, or the like; a box.
the structural unit that supports the chassis of an automobile.
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.
a machine or part of a machine supported by a framework, especially as used in textile production: drawing frame;spinning frame.
Printing. the workbench of a compositor, consisting of a cabinet, cupboards, bins, and drawers, and having flat and sloping work surfaces on top.
Bookbinding. an ornamental border, similar to a picture frame, stamped on the front cover of some books.
in frame, Shipbuilding. (of a hull) with all frames erected and ready for planking or plating.
to form or make, as by fitting and uniting parts together; construct.
to contrive, devise, or compose, as a plan, law, or poem: to frame a new constitution.
to conceive or imagine, as an idea.
Informal. to incriminate (an innocent person) through the use of false evidence, information, etc.
to provide with or put into a frame, as a picture.
to give utterance to: Astonished, I attempted to frame adequate words of protest.
to form or seem to form (speech) with the lips, as if enunciating carefully.
to fashion or shape: to frame a bust from marble.
to shape or adapt to a particular purpose: to frame a reading list for ninth graders.
Informal. to contrive or prearrange fraudulently or falsely, as in a scheme or contest.
to adjust (film) in a motion-picture projector so as to secure exact correspondence of the outlines of the frame and aperture.
to line up visually in a viewfinder or sight.
Archaic. to direct, as one's steps.
Archaic. to betake oneself; resort.
Archaic. to prepare, attempt, give promise, or manage to do something.
Idioms about frame
- fram·a·ble, frame·a·ble, adjective
- fram·a·ble·ness, frame·a·ble·ness, noun
- frame·less, adjective
- fram·er, noun
- de·frame, verb (used with object), de·framed, de·fram·ing.
- mis·frame, verb, mis·framed, mis·fram·ing.
- re·frame, verb (used with object), re·framed, re·fram·ing.
- sub·frame, noun
- un·fram·a·ble, adjective
- un·fram·a·ble·ness, noun
- un·fram·a·bly, adverb
- un·frame·a·ble, adjective
- un·frame·a·ble·ness, noun
- un·frame·a·bly, adverb
- un·framed, adjective
- well-framed, adjective
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How to use frame in a sentence
In this same time frame, big tech companies — the businesses at the forefront of digital innovation — have flourished, as have brands that capitalized on the power of social media engagement.How to drive digital innovation necessary during the pandemic | Nick Chasinov | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
After sliding the frames back into place, the researchers settled in to watch what happened as bees tooted and how it differed from when bees quacked.Quacks and toots help young honeybee queens avoid deadly duels | Sharon Oosthoek | September 14, 2020 | Science News For Students
In the same time frame, the rate of new business creation has declined by half.How we can save small business from coronavirus-induced extinction | matthewheimer | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
Here’s a garment rack option that’s a bit more of a hybrid, offering the stability and frame of a furniture piece with the portability of a modular system.Garment racks for maximizing space in every type of room | PopSci Commerce Team | September 9, 2020 | Popular-Science
It slithered up and over the window frame and out of the house, falling to the ground below.Why last week’s great tech sell-off should make investors wary | Bernhard Warner | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
The media tend to frame situations like this as aberrations, but in this case, quite the opposite is the truth.
She is able to create coattails for down-ballot races and to change the narrative frame of politics.Why the Left Loves Warren, But Won’t Swoon for Sanders | David Freedlander | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The woman had had two strokes and was generally in a dark frame of mind.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But confirmation of that time frame has also been hard to come by.
“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 | THE DAILY BEAST
She looked so sweet when she said it, standing and smiling there in the middle of the floor, the door-way making a frame for her.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
There was a slight shuddering movement of his whole frame—Bob was dead.
The scarlet calico canopy was again set up over the bed, and the woven cradle, on its red manzanita frame, stood near.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Old Warrender retired to his study in a rather excited frame of mind, excusing himself on the ground of his age.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
William Penn, published in England his frame of government for the colony of Pennsylvania.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for frame (1 of 2)
an open structure that gives shape and support to something, such as the transverse stiffening ribs of a ship's hull or an aircraft's fuselage or the skeletal beams and uprights of a building
an enclosing case or border into which something is fitted: the frame of a picture
the system around which something is built up: the frame of government
the structure of the human body
a condition; state (esp in the phrase frame of mind)
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 potted: US and Canadian equivalent (for senses 8a, 8b): rack
computing (on a website) a self-contained section that functions independently from other parts; by using frames, a website designer can make some areas of a website remain constant while others change according to the choices made by the internet user
short for cold frame
one of the sections of which a beehive is composed, esp one designed to hold a honeycomb
a machine or part of a machine over which yarn is stretched in the production of textiles
(in language teaching, etc) a syntactic construction with a gap in it, used for assigning words to syntactic classes by seeing which words may fill the gap
statistics an enumeration of a population for the purposes of sampling, esp as the basis of a stratified sample
(in telecommunications, computers, etc) one cycle of a regularly recurring number of pulses in a pulse train
slang another word for frame-up
obsolete shape; form
in the frame likely to be awarded or to achieve: I'm in the frame for the top job
to construct by fitting parts together
to draw up the plans or basic details for; outline: to frame a policy
to compose, contrive, or conceive: to frame a reply
to provide, support, or enclose with a frame: to frame a picture
to form (words) with the lips, esp silently
slang to conspire to incriminate (someone) on a false charge
slang to contrive the dishonest outcome of (a contest, match, etc); rig
(intr) Yorkshire and Northeast English dialect
(usually imperative or dependent imperative) to make an effort
to have ability
- framable or frameable, adjective
- frameless, adjective
- framer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Frame (2 of 2)
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
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