Definitions for: Frame

[n] one of a series of still transparent photographs on a strip of film used in making movies
[n] a structure supporting or containing something
[n] the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; "the building has a steel skeleton"
[n] 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"
[n] the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
[n] a period of play in baseball during which each team has a turn at bat
[v] draw up the plans or basic details for; "frame a policy"
[v] formulate in a particular style or language; "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language"
[v] enclose in or as if in a frame; "frame a picture"
[v] take or catch as if in a snare or trap; "I was set up!"; "The innocent man was framed by the police"
[v] enclose in a frame, as of a picture

Webster (1913) Definition: Frame, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Framed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Framing.] [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.
1. (Arch. & Engin.) 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. To originate; to plan; to devise; to contrive; to compose;
in a bad sense, to invent or fabricate, as something

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

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

And frame my face to all occasions. --Shak.

We may in some measure frame our minds for the
reception of happiness. --Landor.

The human mind is framed to be influenced. --I.

4. To cause; to bring about; to produce. [Obs.]

Fear frames disorder, and disorder wounds. --Shak.

5. To support. [Obs. & R.]

That on a staff his feeble steps did frame.

6. To provide with a frame, as a picture.

Frame, v. i.
1. To shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech. [Obs.]
--Judg. xii. 6.

2. To proceed; to go. [Obs.]

The bauty of this sinful dame Made many princes
thither frame. --Shak.

Frame, n.
1. 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

These are thy glorious works, Parent of good,
Almighty! thine this universal frame. --Milton.

2. The bodily structure; physical constitution; make or build
of a person.

Some bloody passion shakes your very frame. --Shak.

No frames could be strong enough to endure it.

3. 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,
(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.

4. (Mach.) A term applied, especially in England, to certain
machines built upon or within framework; as, a stocking
frame; lace frame; spinning frame, etc.

5. Form; shape; proportion; scheme; structure; constitution;
system; as, a frameof government.

She that hath a heart of that fine frame To pay this
debt of love but to a brother. --Shak.

Put your discourse into some frame. --Shak.

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

7. Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming. [Obs.]

John the bastard Whose spirits toil in frame of
villainies. --Shak.

Balloon frame, Cant frames, etc. See under Balloon,
Cant, etc.

Frame building or house, a building of which the form and
support is made of framed timbers. [U.S.] -- {Frame
level}, a mason's level.

Frame saw, a thin saw stretched in a frame to give it

Frame, n.
In games:
(a) In pool, the triangular form used in setting up the
balls; also, the balls as set up, or the round of playing
required to pocket them all; as, to play six frames in a
game of 50 points.
(b) In bowling, as in tenpins, one of the several innings
forming a game.

Synonyms: anatomy, bod, border, build, cast, chassis, compose, couch, draw up, ensnare, entrap, figure, flesh, form, frame in, framework, framing, human body, inning, material body, outline, physical body, physique, put, redact, set up, shape, skeletal frame, skeletal system, skeleton, skeleton, soma, systema skeletale, underframe

See Also: adult body, aircraft, airframe, arbor, arbour, articulate, baby-walker, backing, body, bottom, bottom of the inning, bower, brace, bracing, buck, buffer, building, bustle, case, casing, chassis, climbing frame, clotheshorse, coaming, confine, cornice, cowcatcher, cozen, deceive, deckle, delude, derrick, doorcase, doorframe, edifice, embroidery frame, embroidery hoop, enclose, enclose, endoskeleton, exoskeleton, exposure, female body, fender, formulate, fretwork, gantry, gauntry, go-cart, grate, grating, grill, grille, grillwork, gun carriage, handbarrow, hayrack, hayrig, hold in, homo, honeycomb, hoop, horse, human, human being, inclose, individual, juvenile body, lattice, latticework, lead on, male body, man, mortal, mount, mounting, musculoskeletal system, organic structure, oxbow, pelmet, pergola, period of play, person, photo, photograph, phrase, physical structure, pic, picture frame, pilot, plan, play, playing period, rack, ribbing, sash, sawbuck, sawhorse, ship, shut in, skeletal structure, somebody, someone, soul, stretcher, supporting structure, system, tambour, tenter, top, top of the inning, truss, undercarriage, valance, valance board, walker, wattle, window, window frame, window sash, word, Zimmer, Zimmer frame

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