Meaning of FRAME in English

FRAME

/ freɪm; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

BORDER

1.

[ C ] a strong border or structure of wood, metal, etc. that holds a picture, door, piece of glass, etc. in position :

a picture frame

aluminium window frames

STRUCTURE

2.

[ C ] the supporting structure of a piece of furniture, a building, a vehicle, etc. that gives it its shape :

the frame of an aircraft / a car / a bicycle

—picture at bicycle

—see also climbing frame

OF GLASSES

3.

[ C , usually pl. ] a structure of plastic or metal that holds the lenses in a pair of glasses :

gold-rimmed frames

—picture at glass

PERSON / ANIMAL'S BODY

4.

[ C , usually sing. ] the form or structure of a person or animal's body :

to have a small / slender / large frame

GENERAL IDEAS

5.

[ sing. ] the general ideas or structure that form the background to sth :

In this course we hope to look at literature in the frame of its social and historical context.

—see also time frame

OF FILM / MOVIE

6.

[ C ] one of the single photographs that a film or video is made of

OF PICTURE STORY

7.

[ C ] a single picture in a comic strip

COMPUTING

8.

[ C ] one of the separate areas on an Internet page that you can scroll through (= read by using the mouse to move the text up or down)

IN GARDEN

9.

[ C ] = cold frame

IN SNOOKER / BOWLING

10.

[ C ] a single section of play in the game of snooker , etc., or in bowling

IDIOMS

- be in / out of the frame

■ verb

[ vn ]

MAKE BORDER

1.

[ usually passive ] to put or make a frame or border around sth :

The photograph had been framed.

Her blonde hair framed her face.

He stood there, head back, framed against the blue sky.

PRODUCE FALSE EVIDENCE

2.

[ usually passive ] frame sb (for sth) to produce false evidence against an innocent person so that people think he or she is guilty

SYN fit up :

He says he was framed.

DEVELOP PLAN / SYSTEM

3.

( formal ) to create and develop sth such as a plan, a system or a set of rules

EXPRESS STH

4.

to express sth in a particular way :

You'll have to be careful how you frame the question.

►  framed adjective (often in compounds):

a framed photograph

a timber-framed house (= with a supporting structure of wood)

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English framian be useful , of Germanic origin and related to from . The general sense in Middle English , make ready for use , probably led to senses 3 and 4 of the verb; it also gave rise to the specific meaning prepare timber for use in building , later make the wooden parts (framework) of a building , hence the noun sense structure ( late Middle English ).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.