Meaning of FRAME in English

I. ˈfrām verb

( framed ; fram·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, to benefit, construct, from Old English framian to benefit, make progress; akin to Old Norse fram forward, Old English fram from

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to construct by fitting and uniting the parts of the skeleton of (a structure)


a. : plan , contrive

framed a new method of achieving their purpose

b. : shape , construct

c. : to give expression to : formulate

d. : to draw up (as a document)


a. : to devise falsely (as a criminal charge)

b. : to contrive the evidence against (an innocent person) so that a verdict of guilty is assured

c. : fix 7b

4. : to fit or adjust especially to something or for an end : arrange

5. obsolete : produce

6. : to enclose in a frame ; also : to enclose as if in a frame

intransitive verb

1. archaic : proceed , go

2. obsolete : manage

• fram·able or frame·able ˈfrā-mə-bəl adjective

• fram·er noun

II. noun

Date: 14th century


a. : something composed of parts fitted together and united

b. : the physical makeup of an animal and especially a human body : physique , figure


a. : the underlying constructional system or structure that gives shape or strength (as to a building)

b. : a frame dwelling

3. obsolete : the act or manner of framing


a. : a machine built upon or within a framework

a spinning frame

b. : an open case or structure made for admitting, enclosing, or supporting something

a window frame


(1) : a part of a pair of glasses that holds one of the lenses

(2) plural : that part of a pair of glasses other than the lenses

d. : a structural unit in an automobile chassis supported on the axles and supporting the rest of the chassis and the body


a. : an enclosing border

b. : the matter or area enclosed in such a border: as

(1) : one of the squares in which scores for each round are recorded (as in bowling) ; also : a round in bowling

(2) : an individual drawing in a comic strip usually enclosed by a bordering line

(3) : one picture of the series on a length of film

(4) : a complete image for display (as on a television set)

c. : an inning in baseball


(1) : framework 1a

(2) : context , frame of reference

e. : an event that forms the background for the action of a novel or play

6. : frame-up


frame 2a


III. adjective

Date: 1753

: having a wood frame

frame houses

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