- 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.
Origin of frame
Related Words for framersproducer, contractor, architect, artisan, manufacturer, maker, inventor, designer, founder, author, patron, benefactor, creator, builder, planner, organizer, originator, fabricator, constructor, mason
Examples from the Web for framers
Contemporary Examples of framers
What he might have said: Thanks to the Framers, we have inaugurations, not coronations.Why We Can’t Quit Calling Presidents ‘Kings’
November 22, 2014
The Framers were not hostile to religion; this was not the French Revolution.In Texas Textbooks, Moses Is a Founding Father
September 22, 2014
Legal minds look to the text to read the thoughts of the Framers as a high priest would study entrails at the Forum.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One
July 13, 2014
Come the fall, what exactly did the Framers think of the “miracle” Constitution they signed?James Madison’s Lesson in Delayed Great-ification
July 4, 2014
The framers in 1787 were wary of sovereignty, and tried to divide, distance, check and balance its exercise.One U.S. Constitution Just Wasn’t Enough
July 4, 2014
Historical Examples of framers
It would arouse the anger of every group and the approval of its framers.A Preface to Politics
It is not necessary to blame the framers of our Constitution for introducing them.
We have no quarrel with their king or the framers of their laws.The Loyalist
James Francis Barrett
That it has accomplished this purpose of the framers can scarcely be denied.The Spirit of American Government
J. Allen Smith
It was evidently viewed in this light by the framers of the Constitution.
- 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.).