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Old English framian.



to frame

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to frame (third-person singular simple present fram, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) 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. (transitive) Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to add a decorative border.
  3. (transitive) To position visually within a fixed boundary.
    • The director frames the fishing scene very well.
  4. (transitive) 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. (transitive) 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.



A picture frame.
A bicycle frame (diamond frame).



frame ({{{1}}})
  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. (snooker) A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted.
  7. (networking) An independent chunk of data sent over the wires of a network.
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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. (philately) The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.
  10. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th of a second.
  11. (Internet) An individually scrollable region of a webpage.


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  1. (snooker) frame

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