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Princeton's WordNet

  1. framenoun

    the framework for a pair of eyeglasses

  2. framenoun

    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, fleshnoun

    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, framenoun

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

  5. framenoun

    a single drawing in a comic_strip

  6. framenoun

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

  7. frame of reference, framenoun

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

  8. skeletal system, skeleton, frame, systema skeletalenoun

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

  9. skeleton, skeletal frame, frame, underframenoun

    the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape

    "the building has a steel skeleton"

  10. frame, framingnoun

    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. frameverb

    one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided

  12. frame, frame in, borderverb

    enclose in or as if in a frame

    "frame a picture"

  13. frameverb

    enclose in a frame, as of a picture

  14. ensnare, entrap, frame, set upverb

    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, couchverb

    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 upverb

    make up plans or basic details for

    "frame a policy"

  17. frame, frame upverb

    construct by fitting or uniting parts together


  1. Frameverb

    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. Framenoun

    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. Framenoun

    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. framenoun

    The structural elements of a building or other constructed object.

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

  2. framenoun

    The structure of a person's body.

    His starved flesh hung loosely on his once imposing frame.

  3. framenoun

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

    The painting was housed in a beautifully carved frame.

  4. framenoun

    A piece of photographic film containing an image.

    A film projector shows many frames in a single second.

  5. framenoun

    A context for understanding or interpretation.

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

  6. framenoun

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

  7. framenoun

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

  8. framenoun

    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. framenoun

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

  10. frameverb

    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. Spenser.

  11. frameverb

    To execute; perform.

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

  12. frameverb

    To profit; avail.

  13. frameverb

    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. Tyndale.

  14. frameverb

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

  15. frameverb

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

    I will hereafter frame myself to be coy. Lyly.

  16. frameverb

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

  17. frameverb

    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. Sir P. Sidney.

  18. frameverb

    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. framenoun

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

  20. framenoun

    An individually scrollable region of a webpage.

  21. framenoun

    (, ) An inning

  22. frameverb

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

  23. frameverb

    To position visually within a fixed boundary.

    The director frames the fishing scene very well.

  24. frameverb

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

  25. frameverb

    Conspire to incriminate falsely a presumably innocent person.

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

  26. frameverb

    To wash ore with the aid of a frame.

  27. frameverb

    To move.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Framenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    If the frame of the heavenly arch should dissolve itself, if celestial spheres should forget their wonted motions, and by irregular volubility turn themselves any way, as it might happen. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 3.

    Castles made of trees upon frames of timber, with turrets and arches, were anciently matters of magnificence. Francis Bacon.

    These are thy glorious works, parent of good!
    Almighty! thine this universal frame. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Divine Cecilia came,
    Inventress of the vocal frame. Dryden.

    The gate was adamant; eternal frame,
    Which, hew’d by Mars himself, from Indian quarries came,
    The labour of a god; and all along
    Tough iron plates were clench’d to make it strong. Dryd.

    We see this vast frame of the world, and an innumerable multitude of creatures in it; all which we, who believe a God, attribute to him as the author. John Tillotson, Sermon 1.

    Put both the tube and the vessel it leaned on into a convenient wooden frame, to keep them from mischances. Boyle.

    His picture scarcely would deserve a frame. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    A globe of glass, about eight or ten inches in diameter, being put into a frame where it may be swiftly turned round its axis, will, in turning, shine, where it rubs against the palm of one’s hand. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    A woman, that is like a German clock,
    Still a repairing, ever out of frame,
    And never going aright. William Shakespeare.

    Your steddy soul preserves her frame;
    In good and evil times the same. Jonathan Swift.

    Another party did resolve to change the whole frame of the government in state as well as church. Edward Hyde.

    John the Bastard,
    Whose spirits toil in frame of villanies. William Shakespeare.

    A bear’s a savage beast,
    Whelp’d without form, until the dam
    Has lick’d it into shape and frame. Hudibras.

  2. To FRAMEverb

    The double gates he findeth locked fast;
    The one fair fram’d of burnish’d ivory,
    The other all with silver overcast. Edmund Spenser.

    They rather cut down their timber to frame it, and to do other such necessaries to their convenient use, than to fight. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    Hew the timber, saw it out, frame it, and set it together. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Then chusing out few words most horrible,
    Thereof did verses frame. Edmund Spenser.

    Fight valiantly to-day;
    And yet I do thee wrong to mind thee of it;
    For thou art fram’d of the firm truth of valour. William Shakespeare.

    Let us not deceive ourselves by pretending to this excellent knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord, if we do not frame our lives according to it. John Tillotson.

    Thou art their soldier, and, being bred in broils,
    Hast not the soft way; but thou wilt frame
    Thyself forsooth hereafter theirs. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I have been a truant to the law;
    I never yet could frame my will to it,
    And therefore frame the law unto my will. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    The most abstruse ideas are only such as the understanding frames to itself, by joining together ideas that it had either from objects of sense, or from its own operations about them. John Locke.

    Full of that flame his tender scenes he warms,
    And frames his goddess by your matchless charms. George Granville.

    Urge him with truth to frame his sure replies;
    And sure he will; for wisdom never lies. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    How many excellent reasonings are framed in the mind of a man of wisdom and study in a length of years? Isaac Watts.

    Unpardonable the presumption and insolence in contriving and framing this letter was. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Though I cannot make true wars,
    I’ll frame convenient peace. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Astronomers, to solve the phænomena, framed to their conceit eccentricks and epicycles. Francis Bacon.


  1. frame

    A frame is a structure or system that surrounds or supports something, it refers to a physical boundary or a set of guidelines or principles used as a reference or basis for decision-making. It can also refer to the single image or photograph in film or video, or an individual data packet in computer networking. The particular meaning of "frame" usually depends on the context it is being used in.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frameverb

    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. Frameverb

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

  3. Frameverb

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

  4. Frameverb

    to cause; to bring about; to produce

  5. Frameverb

    to support

  6. Frameverb

    to provide with a frame, as a picture

  7. Frameverb

    to shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech

  8. Frameverb

    to proceed; to go

  9. Framenoun

    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. Framenoun

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

  11. Framenoun

    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. Framenoun

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

  13. Framenoun

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

  14. Framenoun

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

  15. Framenoun

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

  16. Framenoun

    a glazed portable structure for protecting young plants from frost

  17. Framenoun

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

  18. Framenoun

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

  19. Framenoun

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

  20. Framenoun

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

  21. Framenoun

    contrivance; the act of devising or scheming

  22. Etymology: [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.)

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FRAME

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Frame is ranked #4027 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Frame surname appeared 8,827 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Frame.

    91.8% or 8,106 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 278 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 152 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 147 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 88 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 56 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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. El Camino-style:

    Checkers where known for their durability, and when we realized that, with a body-on-frame platform, we were basically building a truck, a pickup version just made sense.

  2. Peter Salama:

    We are planning a randomized, controlled clinical trial, and we expect that to start within the time frame of this outbreak, so within the next couple of months in DRC.

  3. James Bullard:

    Frame this as a massive investment in U.S. public health.

  4. Erica Cain:

    We noticed that it has this foulsmellto it, and immediately I thought to throw it into the laundry and see if we can do it ourselves. By this time, it's been four hours after our flight, the four-hour time frame is just unrealistic for anyone who is traveling anywhere.

  5. Danish Siddiqui:

    Photographs really helped highlight the plight (of Rohingya refugees), as a photojournalist you need to capture everything in one frame ... In that picture you can see the plume of smoke, the boat, the refugees ... All the elements were there to tell the story.

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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
  • artusLatin
  • 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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