[ frey-ming ]
/ ˈfreɪ mɪŋ /


the act, process, or manner of constructing anything.
the act of providing with a frame.
a frame or a system of frames; framework.

Origin of framing

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at frame, -ing1

Definition for framing (2 of 2)

[ freym ]
/ freɪm /


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.

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 framing (1 of 3)

/ (ˈfreɪmɪŋ) /


a frame, framework, or system of frames
the way in which something is framed
adjustment of the longitudinal position of the film in a projector gate to secure proper vertical positioning of the picture on the screen

British Dictionary definitions for framing (2 of 3)

/ (freɪm) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for framing (3 of 3)

/ (freɪm) /


verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of frame

framable 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
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Medical definitions for framing

[ frām ]


Something composed of parts fitted and joined together.
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