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  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.
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Origin of framework

First recorded in 1635–45; frame + work
Related formsun·der·frame·work, noun
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Related Words for framework

groundwork, scheme, plan, structure, shell, fabric, frame, skeleton, cage, schema

Examples from the Web for framework

Contemporary Examples of framework

Historical Examples of framework

  • 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.


    Raphael Sabatini

  • It is I who outline with mystic taps the framework of the story.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for framework


  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


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

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