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1 a structure supporting or containing something [syn: framework, framing]
2 one of a series of still transparent photographs on a strip of film used in making movies
3 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" [syn: human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, form, flesh]
4 a period of play in baseball during which each team has a turn at bat [syn: inning]
5 the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal [syn: skeletal system, skeleton, systema skeletale]
6 the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; "the building has a steel skeleton" [syn: skeleton, skeletal frame, underframe]


1 enclose in or as if in a frame; "frame a picture" [syn: frame in, border]
2 enclose in a frame, as of a picture
3 take or catch as if in a snare or trap; "I was set up!"; "The innocent man was framed by the police" [syn: ensnare, entrap, set up]
4 formulate in a particular style or language; "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language" [syn: redact, cast, put, couch]
5 draw up the plans or basic details for; "frame a policy" [syn: compose, draw up]
6 construct by fitting or uniting parts together [syn: frame up]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English framian.




  1. 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.
  2. Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to add a decorative border.
  3. To position visually within a fixed boundary.
    • The director frames the fishing scene very well.
  4. To construct in words so as to establish a context for understanding or interpretation.
    • How would you frame your accomplishments?
    • The way the opposition has framed the argument makes it hard for us to win.
  5. Of a presumably innocent person, to cause to appear guilty.
    • The gun had obviously been placed in her car in an effort to frame her.


put together the structural elements
  • German: ausarbeiten, entwerfen
add a decorative border to a picture
position visually within a fixed boundary
establish a context in words
  • Catalan: enquadrar, emmarcar, contextualitzar
  • Finnish: muotoilla
  • German: festlegen, formen, formulieren
  • Spanish: encuadrar
  • Swedish: utforma
cause a person to appear guilty


  1. The structural elements of a building or other constructed object.
    • Now that the frame is complete, we can start on the walls.''
  2. The structure of a person's body.
    • His starved flesh hung loosely on his once imposing frame.
  3. A rigid, generally rectangular mounting for paper, canvas or other flexible material.
    • The painting was housed in a beautifully carved frame.
  4. A piece of photographic film containing an image.
    • A film projector shows many frames in a single second.
  5. A context for understanding or interpretation.
    • In this frame, it's easy to ask the question that the investigators missed.
  6. A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted.
  7. An independent chunk of data sent over the wires of a network.
  8. In the context of "bowling": 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. The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.
  10. In the context of "animation": A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th of a second.


structural elements of a building or other constructed object
structure of a person's body
rigid, generally rectangular mounting
  • Catalan: marc
  • Chinese: , 画框(for painting)
  • Czech: rám
  • Finnish: kehys
  • French: Cadre
  • German: Rahmen
  • Greek: κορνίζα, κάδρο
  • Hungarian: keret
  • Italian: intelaiatura, telaio, cornice
  • Polish: rama
  • Slovak: rám
  • Spanish: marco
  • Swedish: ram
piece of photographic film containing an image
  • Catalan: marc
  • Chinese: 画格 (simplified chinese) 畫格 (traditional chinese)
  • Finnish: kuva
  • French: image
  • German: Bild
  • Hungarian: kép
  • Italian: fotogramma, inquadratura
  • Polish: klatka , ramka
  • Swedish: bildruta
complete game of snooker
chunk of data
  • German: Frame, Rahmen
  • Polish: ramka
  • Swedish: ram

Extensive Definition

A frame is a structural system that supports other components of a physical construction.
Frame may also refer to:

Building and construction

  • Timber framing, a method of building for creating framed structures of heavy timber
  • Framing (construction), a building term known as light frame construction
  • Door frame or window frame, structures fixed to buildings, vehicles or other containers to which the hinges of doors or windows are attached and can be locked shut.
  • A-frame, a basic structure designed to bear a load in a lightweight economical manner
  • Frame and panel, a method of woodworking
  • Space frame, a method of construction using lightweight materials
  • Framer, a carpenter who assembles major structural elements in constructing a building.

Science and mathematics

Computer science



Vehicles for transportation



frame in German: Frame
frame in Persian: قاب
frame in French: Frame
frame in Korean: 프레임
frame in Italian: Frame
frame in Dutch: Frame
frame in Japanese: フレーム

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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