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

Nearby words

  1. frame-up,
  2. framepack,
  3. frameshift,
  4. frameshift mutation,
  5. framework,
  6. framing chisel,
  7. framing square,
  8. framingham,
  9. fran,
  10. franc

Origin of framing

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




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.
a particular state, as of the mind: an unhappy frame of mind.
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.
  1. one of the ten divisions of a game.
  2. 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.
  1. any of a number of transverse, riblike members for supporting and stiffening the shell of each side of a hull.
  2. 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.

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

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.

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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Examples from the Web for framing

British Dictionary definitions for framing



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



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



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 fittedthe frame of a picture
the system around which something is built upthe frame of government
the structure of the human body
a condition; state (esp in the phrase frame of mind)
  1. one of a series of individual exposures on a strip of film used in making motion pictures
  2. an individual exposure on a film used in still photography
  3. an individual picture in a comic strip
  1. a television picture scanned by one or more electron beams at a particular frequency
  2. the area of the picture so formed
billiards snooker
  1. the wooden triangle used to set up the balls
  2. the balls when set up
  3. a single game finished when all the balls have been pottedUS 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 achieveI'm in the frame for the top job

verb (mainly tr)

to construct by fitting parts together
to draw up the plans or basic details for; outlineto frame a policy
to compose, contrive, or conceiveto frame a reply
to provide, support, or enclose with a frameto 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
  1. (usually imperative or dependent imperative)to make an effort
  2. to have ability
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

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Word Origin and History for framing
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Medicine definitions for framing




Something composed of parts fitted and joined together.

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