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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frame(noun)

    the framework for a pair of eyeglasses

  2. frame(noun)

    a single one of a series of still transparent pictures forming a cinema, television or video film

  3. human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh(noun)

    alternative names for the body of a human being

    "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

  4. inning, frame(noun)

    (baseball) one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat

  5. frame(noun)

    a single drawing in a comic_strip

  6. frame(noun)

    an application that divides the user's display into two or more windows that can be scrolled independently

  7. frame of reference, frame(noun)

    a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning

  8. skeletal system, skeleton, frame, systema skeletale(noun)

    the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal

  9. skeleton, skeletal frame, frame, underframe(noun)

    the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape

    "the building has a steel skeleton"

  10. frame, framing(noun)

    a framework that supports and protects a picture or a mirror

    "the frame enhances but is not itself the subject of attention"; "the frame was much more valuable than the miror it held"

  11. frame(verb)

    one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided

  12. frame, frame in, border(verb)

    enclose in or as if in a frame

    "frame a picture"

  13. frame(verb)

    enclose in a frame, as of a picture

  14. ensnare, entrap, frame, set up(verb)

    take or catch as if in a snare or trap

    "I was set up!"; "The innocent man was framed by the police"

  15. frame, redact, cast, put, couch(verb)

    formulate in a particular style or language

    "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language"

  16. frame, compose, draw up(verb)

    make up plans or basic details for

    "frame a policy"

  17. frame, frame up(verb)

    construct by fitting or uniting parts together


  1. Frame(v. t.)

    to manufacture false evidence against (an innocent person), so as to make the person appear guilty of a crime. The act of framing a person is often referred to as a frame-up.

  2. Frame(n.)

    A kind of open case or structure made for admitting, inclosing, or supporting things, as that which incloses or contains a window, door, picture, etc.; that on which anything is held or stretched; as: (a) The skeleton structure which supports the boiler and machinery of a locomotive upon its wheels. (b) (Founding) A molding box or flask, which being filled with sand serves as a mold for castings. (c) The ribs and stretchers of an umbrella or other structure with a fabric covering. (d) A structure of four bars, adjustable in size, on which cloth, etc., is stretched for quilting, embroidery, etc. (e) (Hort.) A glazed portable structure for protecting young plants from frost. (f) (Print.) A stand to support the type cases for use by the compositor. (f) a pair of glasses without the lenses; that part of a pair of glasses that excludes the lenses.

  3. Frame(n.)

    Particular state or disposition, as of the mind; humor; temper; mood; as, to be always in a happy frame. Same as frame of mind


  1. frame(Noun)

    The structural elements of a building or other constructed object.

    Now that the frame is complete, we can start on the walls.

  2. frame(Noun)

    The structure of a person's body.

    His starved flesh hung loosely on his once imposing frame.

  3. frame(Noun)

    A rigid, generally rectangular mounting for paper, canvas or other flexible material.

    The painting was housed in a beautifully carved frame.

  4. frame(Noun)

    A piece of photographic film containing an image.

    A film projector shows many frames in a single second.

  5. frame(Noun)

    A context for understanding or interpretation.

    In this frame, it's easy to ask the question that the investigators missed.

  6. frame(Noun)

    A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted.

  7. frame(Noun)

    An independent chunk of data sent over the wires of a network.

  8. frame(Noun)

    A set of balls whose results are added together for scoring purposes. Usually two balls, but only one ball in the case of a strike, and three balls in the case of a strike or a spare in the last frame of a game.

  9. frame(Noun)

    The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.

  10. frame(Verb)

    To strengthen; refresh; support.

    At last, with creeping crooked pace forth came / An old, old man, with beard as white as snow, / That on a staffe his feeble steps did frame. u2015 Spenser.

  11. frame(Verb)

    To execute; perform.

    The silken tackle / Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hands / That yarely frame the office. u2015 Shakespeare.

  12. frame(Verb)

    To profit; avail.

  13. frame(Verb)

    To fit; accord.

    When thou hast turned them all ways, and done thy best to hew them and to make them frame, thou must be fain to cast them out. u2015 Tyndale.

  14. frame(Verb)

    To succeed in doing or trying to do something; manage.

  15. frame(Verb)

    To fit, as for a specific end or purpose; make suitable or comfortable; adapt; adjust.

    I will hereafter frame myself to be coy. u2015 Lyly.

  16. frame(Verb)

    To construct by fitting or uniting together various parts; fabricate by union of constituent parts.

  17. frame(Verb)

    To bring or put into form or order; adjust the parts or elements of; compose; contrive; plan; devise.

    He began to frame the loveliest countenance he could. u2015 Sir P. Sidney.

  18. frame(Verb)

    Of a constructed object such as a building, to put together the structural elements.

    Once we finish framing the house, we'll hang tin on the roof.

  19. frame(Noun)

    A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th of a second.

  20. frame(Noun)

    An individually scrollable region of a webpage.

  21. frame(Noun)

    (, ) An inning

  22. frame(Verb)

    Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to add a decorative border.

  23. frame(Verb)

    To position visually within a fixed boundary.

    The director frames the fishing scene very well.

  24. frame(Verb)

    To construct in words so as to establish a context for understanding or interpretation.

  25. frame(Verb)

    Conspire to incriminate falsely a presumably innocent person.

    The gun had obviously been placed in her car in an effort to frame her.

  26. frame(Verb)

    To wash ore with the aid of a frame.

  27. frame(Verb)

    To move.

    An oath, and a threat to set Throttler on me if I did not frame off, rewarded my perseverance. u2015 E. Brontu00EB.

  28. Origin: From framen, fremen, fremmen, from framian, fremian, fremman, from framjanan, from promo-. Cognate with framen, fremme, främja, fremja. More at from.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frame(verb)

    to construct by fitting and uniting the several parts of the skeleton of any structure; specifically, in woodwork, to put together by cutting parts of one member to fit parts of another. See Dovetail, Halve, v. t., Miter, Tenon, Tooth, Tusk, Scarf, and Splice

  2. Frame(verb)

    to originate; to plan; to devise; to contrive; to compose; in a bad sense, to invent or fabricate, as something false

  3. Frame(verb)

    to fit to something else, or for some specific end; to adjust; to regulate; to shape; to conform

  4. Frame(verb)

    to cause; to bring about; to produce

  5. Frame(verb)

    to support

  6. Frame(verb)

    to provide with a frame, as a picture

  7. Frame(verb)

    to shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech

  8. Frame(verb)

    to proceed; to go

  9. Frame(noun)

    anything composed of parts fitted and united together; a fabric; a structure; esp., the constructional system, whether of timber or metal, that gives to a building, vessel, etc., its model and strength; the skeleton of a structure

  10. Frame(noun)

    the bodily structure; physical constitution; make or build of a person

  11. Frame(noun)

    a kind of open case or structure made for admitting, inclosing, or supporting things, as that which incloses or contains a window, door, picture, etc.; that on which anything is held or stretched

  12. Frame(noun)

    the skeleton structure which supports the boiler and machinery of a locomotive upon its wheels

  13. Frame(noun)

    a molding box or flask, which being filled with sand serves as a mold for castings

  14. Frame(noun)

    the ribs and stretchers of an umbrella or other structure with a fabric covering

  15. Frame(noun)

    a structure of four bars, adjustable in size, on which cloth, etc., is stretched for quilting, embroidery, etc

  16. Frame(noun)

    a glazed portable structure for protecting young plants from frost

  17. Frame(noun)

    a stand to support the type cases for use by the compositor

  18. Frame(noun)

    a term applied, especially in England, to certain machines built upon or within framework; as, a stocking frame; lace frame; spinning frame, etc

  19. Frame(noun)

    form; shape; proportion; scheme; structure; constitution; system; as, a frameof government

  20. Frame(noun)

    particular state or disposition, as of the mind; humor; temper; mood; as, to be always in a happy frame

  21. Frame(noun)

    contrivance; the act of devising or scheming

  22. Origin: [OE. framen, fremen, to execute, build, AS. fremman to further, perform, effect, fr. fram strong, valiant; akin to E. foremost, and prob. to AS. fram from, Icel. fremja, frama, to further, framr forward, G. fromm worthy, excellent, pious. See Foremost, From, and cf. Furnish.]


  1. Frame

    Frames were proposed by Marvin Minsky in his 1974 article "A Framework for Representing Knowledge." A frame is an artificial intelligence data structure used to divide knowledge into substructures by representing "stereotyped situations." Frames are connected together to form a complete idea. Frames are also an extensive part of knowledge representation and reasoning schemes. Frames were originally derived from semantic networks and are therefore part of structure based knowledge representations. According to Russell and Norvig's "Artificial Intelligence, A Modern Approach," structural representations assemble "...facts about particular object and even types and arrange the types into a large taxonomic hierarchy analogous to a biological taxonomy."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Frame

    frām, v.t. to form: to shape: to construct by fitting the parts to each other: to plan, adjust, or adapt to an end: to contrive or devise: to constitute: to put a frame or border round, as a picture: to put into a frame: (Spens.) to support.—v.i. (dial.) to move: (B.) to contrive.—n. the form: a putting together of parts: a case made to enclose or support anything: the skeleton of anything: state of mind: in gardening, a movable structure used for the cultivation or the sheltering of plants, as a 'forcing-frame,' 'cucumber-frame,' &c.: (Shak.) the act of devising.—ns. Frame′-bridge, a bridge constructed of pieces of timber framed together; Frame′-house, a house consisting of a skeleton of timber, with boards or shingles laid on; Frame′-mak′er, a maker of frames for pictures; Fram′er, he who forms or constructs: one who makes frames for pictures, &c.; Frame′-saw, a thin saw stretched in a frame for greater rigidity; Frame′work, the work that forms the frame: the skeleton or outline of anything; Fram′ing, the act of constructing: a frame or setting. [A.S. framian, to be helpful, fram, forward.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Frame

    In a dynamo the bed-piece is sometimes called the frame.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. frame

    In photography, any single exposure contained within a continuous sequence of photographs.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. frame

    The outer frame timbers of a vessel consist of the keel, stem, stern-posts, and ribs, which when moulded and bolted form the frame. (See TIMBERS.)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'frame' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3145

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'frame' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3906

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'frame' in Nouns Frequency: #1091

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'frame' in Verbs Frequency: #1064

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of frame in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of frame in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of frame in a Sentence

  1. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro:

    They’re wood-frame, they will burn rapidly.

  2. Greg Eckel:

    We are in a wait and see time frame for earnings.

  3. Sunish Nair:

    It seems they are now adhering to a fixed time-frame.

  4. Richard Godfrey:

    This is not opening the door, it is destroying the door frame.

  5. The National Weather Service director:

    They say that the truck is on the way, but they don’t have no time frame.

Images & Illustrations of frame

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Translations for frame

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  • أطّر, ورّطArabic
  • телосложение, рамка, кадър, рамкирам, съставям, строяBulgarian
  • estructura, marc, constitució, emmarcarCatalan, Valencian
  • rámCzech
  • Rahmen, Gerüst, Gestalt, Figur, Bild, Frame, festlegen, entwerfen, einfassen, formulieren, reinlegen, ausarbeiten, formen, einrahmen, hereinlegen, anhängenGerman
  • πλαίσιο, κάδρο, σκελετός, σώμα, κορνίζα, καδράρω, παγιδεύω, κορνιζάρωGreek
  • karoserio, framo, kadroEsperanto
  • armazón, esqueleto, marco, fotograma, cuadro, estructura, osamenta, lote, encuadrar, contextualizar, enmarcar, inculpar, levantar, armar, concebirSpanish
  • پاپوش درست کردنPersian
  • kehys, kuvaruutu, runko, keho, kuva, kehystää, lavastaa, muotoillaFinnish
  • image, manche, trame, ossature, frame, cadre, armature, encadrerFrench
  • alkat, testalkat, kép, váz, tartószerkezet, keretHungarian
  • bingkaiIndonesian
  • scheletro, ossatura, telaio, cornice, impalcatura, inquadratura, intelaiatura, fotogramma, incastellatura, armatura, incorniciareItalian
  • 着せる, 陥れる, フレームJapanese
  • milbend, çarçevKurdish
  • tāparepareMāori
  • raamwerk, geraamte, frame, skeletDutch
  • rammeverk, armatur, frame, ramme, beingrind, bjelkelag, innrammeNorwegian
  • klatka, ramka, rama, wrabiać, oprawiać, komponowaćPolish
  • armação, quadro, moldura, estrutura, enquadrar, incriminar, emoldurarPortuguese
  • structură, schelet, ramă, cadru, osaturăRomanian
  • рама, скелет, костяк, остов, фрейм, ферма, каркас, кадр, подставить, обрамлять, обставлять, подставлять, формировать, составлятьRussian
  • оквир, грађа, сместити, уоквиритиSerbo-Croatian
  • rám, zarámovaťSlovak
  • stomme, ram, bildruta, bjälklag, kroppsbyggnad, rama, rama in, sätta dit, komponera, utformaSwedish
  • fremuSwahili
  • çerçevelemekTurkish

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