Meaning of FRAME in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ freɪm ]

( frames, framing, framed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


The frame of a picture or mirror is the wood, metal, or plastic that is fitted around it, especially when it is displayed or hung on a wall.

Estelle kept a photograph of her mother in a silver frame on the kitchen mantelpiece.

...a pair of picture frames.



The frame of an object such as a building, chair, or window is the arrangement of wooden, metal, or plastic bars between which other material is fitted, and which give the object its strength and shape.

He supplied housebuilders with modern timber frames...

We painted our table to match the window frame in the bedroom.



The frames of a pair of glasses are all the metal or plastic parts of it, but not the lenses.

He was wearing new spectacles with gold wire frames.

N-COUNT : usu pl


You can refer to someone’s body as their frame , especially when you are describing the general shape of their body.

Their belts are pulled tight against their bony frames.

N-COUNT : oft poss N


A frame of cinema film is one of the many separate photographs that it consists of.

Standard 8mm projects at 16 frames per second.



When a picture or photograph is framed , it is put in a frame.

The picture is now ready to be mounted and framed...

On the wall is a large framed photograph.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed , V-ed


If an object is framed by a particular thing, it is surrounded by that thing in a way that makes the object more striking or attractive to look at.

The swimming pool is framed by tropical gardens...

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed prep


If someone frames an innocent person, they make other people think that that person is guilty of a crime, by lying or inventing evidence. ( INFORMAL )

I need to find out who tried to frame me...

VERB : V n


If someone is in the frame for something such as a job or position, they are being considered for it.

We need a win to keep us in the frame for the title.

= in the running



see also cold frame

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.