Definition of frame in English:

frame

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Pronunciation: /freɪm
 
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noun

1A rigid structure that surrounds something such as a picture, door, or windowpane.
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  • His mother stood in the frame of the kitchen door, hands on her hips and a grim expression on her face.
  • A second address in Birmingham was also raided, the entire door wrenched from its frame as police arrested three men inside.
  • By then he had jemmied the frame from the shop door and was inside.
Synonyms
setting, mount, mounting, surround, fixture, support, stand
1.1 (frames) A metal or plastic structure holding the lenses of a pair of glasses.
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  • Anyone needing glasses is fitted with frames and lenses before they leave.
  • His glasses were solid black frames with rather square lenses that gave a harsh professorial authority to his gentle blue eyes behind them.
  • Benefits include an eye exam every 12 months, a pair of prescription lenses and frames or contact lenses every 24 months.
1.2The rigid supporting structure of an object such as a vehicle, building, or piece of furniture: the wooden frame of the huge bed an old bicycle frame
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  • The school had been one of the few two storey buildings in the village, and the hundred year old wooden frame shook when vehicles passed along the road below.
  • One problem is that many buildings in Japan have wooden frames and tile roofs.
  • For environmental reasons the structure has a wooden frame.
Synonyms
framework, structure, substructure, skeleton, chassis, shell, casing, body, bodywork; support, scaffolding, foundation
1.3A box-like structure of glass or plastic in which seeds or young plants are grown.
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  • I give the young seedlings some winter protection in a frame and leave them in the seed pot until spring when they can be potted on.
  • Most came through the winter in a cool greenhouse, grew on in pots in a shaded frame for the following year and flowered the year after in their permanent positions.
  • Once you have the frame constructed remove any weeds or grass inside the frame so this vegetation does not grow up through your propagation bed.
1.4An apparatus with a surrounding structure, especially one used in weaving, knitting, or embroidery.
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  • One lady, a rucksack, two bags, an embroidery frame and a cactus went from Kent to Bow?
  • Later, as fitted her new-found piety, she received such petitions at an embroidery frame.
  • Students will use a small weaving frame to learn how to weave and work with wool.
1.5 [in singular] archaic The universe, or part of it, regarded as an embracing structure: this goodly frame the Earth
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  • He has the voice that shakes the very frame of the universe and makes you wish to be unborn.
  • For Newton there had once been a true uncorrupted monotheistic religion, in which the frame of the world had been studied, as he believed it should, as the true temple of a living God.
  • For we know that if the earthly frame that houses us today should be demolished, we possess a building which God has provided - a house not made of human hands, eternal, and in heaven.
2A person’s body with reference to its size or build: a shiver shook her slim frame
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  • His combative language and his defiant shouting were full of bravado, and he had the large frame and muscular build to back up his boasts.
  • I sighed and reached for her, taking her into my arms and holding her tightly, as her slim frame shuddered and shook with the erupting tears.
  • His clothes clung to his muscular frame and goosebumps ran over his entire body.
Synonyms
body, figure, form, shape, physique, build, size, proportions; skeleton, bones, framework, structure
informal bod, chassis
3 [usually in singular] A basic structure that underlies or supports a system, concept, or text: the establishment of conditions provides a frame for interpretation
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  • These terms and concepts provide the frame for his thoughtful analysis.
  • This civil war scenario is offered up merely as a frame to the text, and as such it's almost too interesting.
  • I wanted them to think outside the frame of the text.
Synonyms
structure, framework, context; scheme, system, plan, order, form, fabric, constitution, organization
3.1 technical short for frame of reference below. the Earth’s motion relative to the frame of the distant galaxies
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  • For inertial frames, it implies the speed of light is not relative to the frame, but duration is relative to the frame.
  • Other researchers have found little contribution of the relative frame, but this may be specific to the vertical plane where gravity plays a strong role.
  • Participants showed increased accuracy for the relative frame when they could process it perceptually.
3.2 [in singular] archaic The structure, constitution, or nature of someone or something: we have in our inward frame various affections
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  • Whatever be our inward frame, we are apt to perceive a wonderful congeniality in the world without us.
  • It distorts our inward frame, and unsettles the adjustments of our minds.
  • Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
4 Linguistics A structural environment within which a class of words or other linguistic units can be correctly used. For example I —— him is a frame for a large class of transitive verbs.
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  • Correct capitalization could help German readers extract the structural frame of a sentence.
  • It would be a shame for the only analysis of political rhetoric to be in terms of frames, metaphors and word choices, as interesting as those topics are.
  • Nor does the effect appear to be limited to the RSVP of repeated words in sentence frames.
4.1A feature which marks a transition from one section of discourse to another: frames are realized by linguistic items such as ‘well’, ‘right’, and ‘OK’
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  • Frames, such as OK, So, Well, and Now, uttered with a high-fall intonation contour and preceded and followed by a pause, serve to mark closure of old topics and introduction of new ones.
  • Use frames such as ‘What if…’ and ‘Wouldn't it be nice if…’ amongst others, and as you play with those thoughts they'll become more familiar and more believable.
4.2A section of a discourse separated by a frame: pragmatically asides step back from the ongoing interpretative frame
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  • Conversely, interactional difficulties may lead to an unexpected shift in frame and discourse type.
  • She remarks transitions from one frame to the next, rendering repetitive elements caught from slightly different points of view.
4.3(In semantics) an underlying conceptual structure into which the meanings of a number of related words fit: the frame of verbs of perception
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  • There are two basic differences, however, between the case frame of verbs of motion and that of verbs of transfer.
  • Hence, the phonological frame of verbs is a proper subset of the phonological frame of nouns in Dutch.
4.4A social context determining the interpretation of an utterance: an utterance may mean the opposite of what it says if used within a frame of teasing
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  • A dialogue, based to an extent on differing interpretations and differing frames for reading situations, has emerged.
  • The ‘play’ frame, like the related frame of ‘humor,’ brackets an encounter, setting it apart from ongoing, more ‘serious’ life.
  • For example, the utterance ‘Nice shirt’ between two friends will have one meaning in the chatting frame as opposed to the teasing frame.
5A single complete picture in a series forming a cinema, television, or video film: video footage slowed down to 20 frames a second
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  • It would seem, in fact, that not a single frame of film has been left on the cutting room floor.
  • It is a marketing strategy in search of a movie, the promotional campaign for which was in all likelihood decided upon before a single frame of film had been shot.
  • At the end of the film, the frame freezes and the lead actors real names and character names appear one at a time.
5.1A single picture in a comic strip.
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  • But Roy would take a single frame from a cartoon or comic strip and turn it into an entire painting.
  • The comic strip ends with a frame featuring an aged Bible John wandering the streets of Glasgow in the present day.
  • ‘They still can be heroes, even without superpowers,’ the Man of Steel tells a crowd of adults and children in the last frame of the comic book
5.2 Computing A graphic panel in a display window, especially in a web browser, which encloses a self-contained section of data and permits multiple independent document viewing.
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  • If, like most people, you're using a graphical browser, after login you see two frames.
  • The overall layout of the scroll bars and the way the frames are displayed is very impressive.
  • Even if users do click on an offer, they're never far from the site, since the new page opens up within the current frame.
6The triangular structure for positioning the red balls in snooker.
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  • This trophy, made of Waterford Crystal and in the shape of a snooker frame triangle, is a new one because the previous cup was sponsored by a tobacco company and their link with sport ended two seasons ago.
  • If, however, you are using the basic triangular frame, you should place it over the reds as earlier described, and lift the frame slightly off the cloth and carefully move them toward the pink spot.
  • They began going through the motions of playing snooker, putting the balls in the frame, going off, potting the colours, snookering each other and marking the scores.
6.1A single game of snooker: Jones won the first four frames
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  • Hunter then extended his lead to four frames by winning the last of the session with two breaks of 35.
  • By the end of the second session, the 2002 world champion was four frames adrift of his opponent.
  • The couple were back home on Saturday and for club regulars it was an average lunchtime - playing a few frames of snooker, watching the football on Sky and sinking a pint or two.

verb

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1Place (a picture or photograph) in a frame: he had had the photo framed
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  • A number of pictures were framed and presented to schools.
  • Try writing her a poem, painting a picture, composing a song, framing a picture, washing the dishes for her or simply spending the day in her company.
  • Notably, only a few photographs were framed and hung.
Synonyms
mount, set in a frame; surround, enclose, encase
1.1Surround so as to create a striking or attractive image: a short style cut to frame the face
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  • Even the gate is a work of art; the rose-covered metal arbor and upward-arching gate create a circle that frames attractive views.
  • Moving images, including those framed by car windows, give us the possibility of seeing landscape as variable rather than fixed, as in landscape paintings.
  • Shocked, she stops, gathers her robe and advances just a bit, to be framed perfectly in the doorway.
2Formulate (a concept, plan, or system): staff have proved invaluable in framing the proposals
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  • When the Constitution was framed in 1787, setting out the law of the United States, it involved compromise between North and South and permitted slavery.
  • Mr Davern is waiting for the report of the Organic Development Committee, whose recommendations will form the basis for framing policy on organic farming.
  • He and his organisation have clout in framing policy and legislation.
Synonyms
formulate, draw up, plan, draft, map out, sketch out, work out, shape, compose, put together, arrange, form, devise, create, establish, conceive, think up, hatch, originate, orchestrate, engineer, organize, coordinate
informal dream up, cook up
2.1Form or articulate (words): he walked out before she could frame a reply
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  • You would definitely frame your words in your own way and pray to the Lord for me.
  • The words were not framed in that rhetorical and hopeless way they often are following news of a tragedy.
  • He was nevertheless forced to frame his words welcoming the move carefully, to ensure that his political enemies were not given any ammunition they could use against him.
2.2 archaic Make or construct (something) by fitting parts together or in accordance with a plan: what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?
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  • Tyger, Tyger, burning bright In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
  • A great number of men join in building a house or ship, in rearing a city, in framing a commonwealth: Why may not several Deities combine in contriving and framing a world?
  • The Puritans - who sought to frame their lives according to God's Word and were Edwards' spiritual forebears - wrote a great deal about this subject.
3 informal Produce false evidence against (an innocent person) so that they appear guilty: he claims he was framed
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  • He claimed another criminal who ran a cannabis farm with Taylor was behind the killing, but that detectives manipulated evidence to frame him.
  • He claims that he was framed and that he was innocent.
  • David can't tell Keith what he knows about the murder because he doesn't want to tell him that there's been evidence planted that frames Keith.
Synonyms
falsely incriminate, fabricate charges against, fabricate evidence against, entrap
informal fit up, set up

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 sense 2 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).

Phrases

be in (or out of) the frame

Be (or not be) eligible: he is back in the frame for a sensational team comeback
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  • Here's a list of the people, shows and things that were in the frame for the Cult TV Awards in 2005.
  • Who Morecambe will meet in the play-offs is still anybody's guess, with three points covering all four teams in the frame.
  • He has always been in the frame, but that said I'm going to look at the make-up of the squad and we will see if there is place for him.
Be wanted (or not wanted) by the police: he was always in the frame for the killing
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  • But he said that no one visited by police so far was in the frame for the disturbing sex attack that took place in the churchyard of St Oswald's in Fulford Road, Fulford.
  • I think there were a few suspects and I was in the frame, but the landlords didn't know until New Year's Eve.
  • Took a call from a raging Jack last night, who'd heard his old pal Lord Watson was in the frame for a mystery fire at the ‘afters’ party.

frame of mind

A particular mood that influences one’s attitude or behaviour: he was in a relaxed frame of mind
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  • It would be a nice one to win, and I hope every player will approach the game in a determined frame of mind.
  • After they pass their test people have a different frame of mind and it can help build confidence.
  • We want children to come to school in happy frames of mind and we don't want them rushing out of school at 3pm.
Synonyms
mood, state of mind, emotional state, humour, temper, spirit, vein, attitude, perspective, condition, persuasion

frame of reference

A set of criteria in relation to which judgements can be made: the observer interprets what he sees in terms of his own cultural frame of reference
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  • Concepts of work in Third World nations were, in the first instance, determined by their own unique cultural frames of reference.
  • The book enacts its communicative efficacy, sometimes at so high a pitch that a gentle reader might seek relief from its relentless demand on visual and verbal and cultural frames of reference - or for a bit of toning down.
  • There was assumption of common cultural and academic frames of reference.
A system of geometrical axes in relation to which size, position, or motion can be defined.
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  • He showed that the laws of motion could be used in a rotating frame of reference if an extra force called the Coriolis acceleration is added to the equations of motion.
  • You will always remain relative to your surrounding frame of reference, as you are already moving at the same speed as the earth.
  • The masking tape provides a visual aid to help your eye line up the shot along with a frame of reference for proper stance alignment.

Derivatives

frameable

adjective
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  • Once completed a framable poster will be printed listing all participants.
  • These cards are twice the size of the A5 ‘Scarab Originals’ and are perfect framable gifts.
  • I currently offer double-matted framable prints of my poem for sale.

frameless

adjective
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  • I watched him set frameless bifocals on the end of his nose.
  • Going upstairs, you look out through the great tree and can get glances of King's Chapel through frameless double glazing.
  • A frameless glass shower door can help let in light to create a more spacious feel, and can be easier to clean.

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