Definition of frame in US English:

frame

noun

  • 1A rigid structure that surrounds or encloses something such as a door or window.

    • ‘He put on some black leather gloves and studied the door, its frame and the nearby wall.’
    • ‘Every building contractor made their own timber window frames and doors.’
    • ‘I slumped back against the frame of the classroom door and rubbed my eyes.’
    • ‘You can change the glass in your windows without getting approval - but do need approval if you replace the frames or a door as well.’
    • ‘I leaned against the frame of the door and held my head in my hands.’
    • ‘Aluminum extrusions also enjoy wide use as frames for doors and windows and in storefronts.’
    • ‘She rested her forehead on the frame of the open door.’
    • ‘The first line of physical defense of your home should be solid doors in solid frames with good locks.’
    • ‘He has destroyed carpets, doors, frames and skirting boards in every room.’
    • ‘As you can probably guess the kid didn't make it and unluckily got his head caught between the door and the frame.’
    • ‘I've put the second base coat of paint onto the front door and the frame and that's now drying.’
    • ‘Seconds later, Toby knocked feebly on the frame of the screen door.’
    • ‘By then he had jemmied the frame from the shop door and was inside.’
    • ‘His mother stood in the frame of the kitchen door, hands on her hips and a grim expression on her face.’
    • ‘She gathered her courage and tapped at the frame of the screen door.’
    • ‘The wooden window frames were finished in dark green, a standard mid-19 th-century colour.’
    • ‘I am having the spouting, windows, doors and frames painted over the next month, so that is an expense that was unexpected.’
    • ‘The door slammed against its frame and the room was quiet.’
    • ‘A second address in Birmingham was also raided, the entire door wrenched from its frame as police arrested three men inside.’
    • ‘Being stone built, with treated timber window frames, the house will never need exterior decoration.’
    setting, mount, mounting, surround, fixture, support, stand
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    1. 1.1frames A metal or plastic structure holding the lenses of a pair of glasses.
      • ‘Metal frames are sturdier, giving you a more masculine appearance.’
      • ‘Usually made of plastic, the frames of these glasses practically stick to your face thanks to their shape and design.’
      • ‘Suddenly, my glasses looked too severe, squared black plastic frames with wide ear pieces.’
      • ‘You got to the opticians, put on some frames - with no lenses in - and look in the mirror.’
      • ‘They have a thin metal frame with slightly tinted lenses for bright light absorption and 100 % UV protection.’
      • ‘Benefits include an eye exam every 12 months, a pair of prescription lenses and frames or contact lenses every 24 months.’
      • ‘Customers not only get information on what eyewear accessories they want to buy, but will also receive advice on the frames and lenses best suited to them.’
      • ‘The trick though is of course finding the best pair of frames to complement her face.’
      • ‘He wore those late '70s style of eyeglasses, with the enormous, thick lenses and black frames as thick as copper tubing.’
      • ‘I was convinced there were no lenses in the frames and they were simply a distraction tactic.’
      • ‘His glasses were solid black frames with rather square lenses that gave a harsh professorial authority to his gentle blue eyes behind them.’
      • ‘The glasses will then be transported to prisons, where inmates are trained how to read lens strength, fix frames and label and package them for export to their destination country.’
      • ‘Anyone needing glasses is fitted with frames and lenses before they leave.’
      • ‘People with blond or light brown hair tend to look good in lightweight metal frames.’
      • ‘All men should be aware of the impact a nice pair of frames can have on their overall image.’
      • ‘Round frames can soften features like a strong jaw line or broad forehead.’
      • ‘Dave produced a pair of glasses with black frames.’
      • ‘All the gold frame spectacles are separated, then lenses removed and frames sent away.’
      • ‘Don't assume that people with light hued tresses should only wear light colored frames or lenses.’
      • ‘With mineral crystal lenses, hand-made titanium frames, and silicone nose and ear tips, these glasses aren't for the thrifty.’
      • ‘Looking up, my eyes met two warm brown eyes peering at me through a pair of glasses with thin oval frames.’
    2. 1.2 A case or border enclosing a mirror or picture.
      • ‘There were two little boys, and a woman who seemed to be in her young 30's in one picture, surrounded by a pearl frame.’
      • ‘Someone had scrawled ‘Best Friends Forever’ in a silvery script on the picture's frame.’
      • ‘Pictures with golden frames lined the walls, along with beautifully crafted silver lanterns.’
      • ‘Keely had been pointing to a very old, well-crafted wooden picture frame.’
      • ‘I want a frame for a piece of artwork I bought a while ago, but nowhere has the right size.’
      • ‘By using a museum to advance your knowledge of frames, you'll learn how to pair frames with paintings and photographs.’
      • ‘Well, I was walking down the hall and there were these pictures standing in nice frames on a little table in the corner.’
      • ‘Silicone adhesive will bond the frame permanently to the mirror.’
      • ‘On the wall in the waiting room is a very large frame containing holiday pictures of a good portion of the patients of this pediatrician.’
      • ‘The mirror's antique wood frame was painted a honeydew melon green, contrasting with an almost neon glow to the navy blue walls.’
      • ‘The mirror frame is intricately carved in mahogany and dates from 1735-40.’
      • ‘As I was looking around, I noticed a very beautiful golden frame with a picture of the band together.’
      • ‘With its ornate, gilded frame, the mirror dominates the immediate area.’
      • ‘Abstract pictures framed in polished frames hung on the walls.’
      • ‘I have that album in a frame on my living room wall.’
      • ‘As you approach the door to the street, the picture in a frame on the wall nearest you disappears and is replaced by a weather report.’
      • ‘A beautiful frame surrounded the picture taken at their wedding.’
      • ‘Aurora shrugged getting up and inspecting the gold and black records hanging in frames on the wall.’
      • ‘The mirror was bordered with a wooden frame matching that of the one around the door.’
      • ‘"Hang three mirror frames in a row down the wall in a hallway or an alcove.’
    3. 1.3 The rigid supporting structure of an object such as a vehicle, building, or piece of furniture.
      • ‘In the residential industry, some basement floors are cast before the frame of the building is installed.’
      • ‘Eastern woodlands and Great Lakes tribes created domed houses using lightweight stick frames covered by bark or woven mats.’
      • ‘Concrete use is also increasing in building with structural steel frames.’
      • ‘The metal frames of the chairs were all that was left in the ashes of the bonfire.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The delicate procedure saw a crane winch the wooden frame on top of the building before workmen set about ensuring every beam was in the right place.’
      • ‘The two pieces that compose the front half are joined and reinforced with a roof frame that surrounds them.’
      • ‘The metal frames are removed once the walls are frozen solid which takes anywhere (in Quebec climate) from ten hours to three days.’
      • ‘Most other timber-frame systems here use traditional masonry on top of the structural frame of the building.’
      • ‘The tarpaulin sheets for the roofs of the stalls went first, followed by the counter boards and finally the heavy metal frames.’
      • ‘Each section has its own ‘room,’ usually outlined by walls made of chain-link fencing on metal support frames.’
      • ‘The town dump was situated there, and all sorts of oddments, like old bicycle frames could be found there.’
      • ‘These cages are made of aluminum tubing with a steel frame, and the door is made out of thin aluminum.’
      • ‘The stools have metal frames and inverted steel ‘plates’ for seats.’
      • ‘For environmental reasons the structure has a wooden frame.’
      • ‘The Wakefield-based firm makes frames for glass-walled buildings and last year it was sold to a consortium of businessmen for £16m.’
      • ‘Giant billboards have fallen; their rusted metal frames are bent like clay.’
      • ‘The mangled metal frames of what were once York phone boxes are testament to a new, and potentially lethal, craze.’
      • ‘One problem is that many buildings in Japan have wooden frames and tile roofs.’
      • ‘The light alloy rear body is fitted with a canvas roof over a supporting frame.’
      framework, structure, substructure, skeleton, chassis, shell, casing, body, bodywork
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    4. 1.4 A boxlike structure of glass or plastic in which seeds or young plants are grown.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After he slid the pieces together, Ray stapled clear, heavy plastic to the top of the frame.’
      • ‘Some of the alpines are afforded a little protection from the winter wet, and netted cages have been built over nursery frames to prevent seedling damage from cats and birds.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5archaic in singular The universe, or part of it, regarded as an embracing structure.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has the voice that shakes the very frame of the universe and makes you wish to be unborn.’
  • 2A person's body with reference to its size or build.

    ‘a shiver shook her slim frame’
    • ‘Soon, beer-bellied men will be squeezing their bulky frames into pieces of elastic and pulling on trousers two, or maybe even three sizes too small.’
    • ‘His clothes clung to his muscular frame and goosebumps ran over his entire body.’
    • ‘She stared at her thin slight frame in the mirror.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His giant frame swivels round searching for signs of insubordination.’
    • ‘She does not look much more than a teenager with her slight frame and young face.’
    • ‘Her tall, slender frame was encased in a lavender satin dress devoid of sleeves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From behind, his slim frame and long hair make him look like one of the director's young assistants, rather than the mastermind of the £20 million film.’
    • ‘She wrapped her free arm around my waist, pressing her short frame along my body.’
    • ‘She closed the door behind his large frame, then leaned back against and closed her eyes, emotionally drained.’
    • ‘Just then there was a knock on the door and a tall frame entered.’
    • ‘She was small, with a slender frame - built for speed rather than power, she thought impassively.’
    • ‘Despite his small frame, his body was strong and stout due to a healthy regimen of exercises he had maintained since his school days.’
    • ‘As a boy, he had never quite managed to fill out his long frame.’
    • ‘He sported a black tee, one that, Alex noted disgustedly, fit his tall, muscular frame snugly.’
    • ‘The pleading look on his face, the rags on his body and his emaciated frame move you so much that you immediately put a coin on the outstretched hands.’
    • ‘She wrapped her arm around his waist and tried to support his large frame with hers as she helped him back to their building.’
    • ‘When he crawled into bed with her, her slender frame warmed his body instantly.’
    • ‘A tall man rested his broad frame against the open door of the room.’
    body, figure, form, shape, physique, build, size, proportions
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  • 3usually in singular A basic structure that underlies or supports a system, concept, or text.

    ‘the establishment of conditions provides a frame for interpretation’
    • ‘He likes silence, ‘the perfect music in a way, musicians at best provide a frame, or a context for that,’ and requires it to relax.’
    • ‘With that comes a complete frame of concepts and ideas.’
    • ‘We have a frame of political and economic agreements subscribed by the two countries that make any dealing easy and fruitful.’
    • ‘He says that we need such a policy to provide a frame for our national development strategies and our immigration policies.’
    • ‘As well, we need to re-think our understanding of time, as the limitations of the nation state as an organizing frame blind us to different temporal rhythms.’
    • ‘Rather, religious metaphor is a frame through which we represent and understand sport and sportspeople.’
    • ‘In turn, adults' choice of code varied by the language frame provided by the classroom teacher or school representative.’
    • ‘One prime factor of the failure of the Indian working class movement was that upper caste bourgeoisie who never wanted to change the basic social frame mostly led it.’
    • ‘This civil war scenario is offered up merely as a frame to the text, and as such it's almost too interesting.’
    • ‘To me, the ability to feel comfortable with power over the lives of others is not part of life's basic frame.’
    • ‘The social scientist will almost certainly be aiming to place the interpretations that have been elicited into a social scientific frame.’
    • ‘So there's every sign that the system responds within a frame of accountability.’
    • ‘The start of a new year provides a convenient frame for temporal measurement.’
    • ‘I wanted them to think outside the frame of the text.’
    • ‘The notion was of something disposable that provides a frame for perception and the experience of looking.’
    • ‘The point here is relevance within individual contextual frames.’
    • ‘These terms and concepts provide the frame for his thoughtful analysis.’
    • ‘The theological mode ceases to provide the overarching frame.’
    • ‘Nature is a destructive force whose influence provides the frame for human action and its causal consequences.’
    • ‘Their influence provides a frame for human action and its casual consequences.’
    structure, framework, context
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    1. 3.1technical
    2. 3.2 The genre or form of a literary text determining its expected style and content.
      ‘my poems look as though they have a classical frame’
    3. 3.3often as modifier An enclosing section of narrative, especially one which foregrounds or comments on the primary narrative of a text.
      ‘a frame narrator reports the narrative spoken by an inner narrator’
    4. 3.4archaic The structure, constitution, or nature of someone or something.
      ‘we have in our inward frame various affections’
      • ‘Whatever be our inward frame, we are apt to perceive a wonderful congeniality in the world without us.’
      • ‘Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.’
      • ‘The werewolf could be a benign individual, trapped within a bestial frame.’
      • ‘It assumed this flesh in the same way that the blood vessels provide a frame for the flesh and carry the blood, yet are not themselves blood.’
      • ‘It distorts our inward frame, and unsettles the adjustments of our minds.’
  • 4Linguistics
    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.

    • ‘Nor does the effect appear to be limited to the RSVP of repeated words in sentence frames.’
    • ‘Correct capitalization could help German readers extract the structural frame of a sentence.’
    • ‘Of course specific words and phrases evoke (aspects of) specific frames.’
    • ‘The use of the linguistic frame ‘as A said to B’ is therefore potentially infinitely productive, even if examples are ephemeral, singular, and difficult to collect.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 5A single complete picture in a series forming a movie, television, or video film.

    • ‘If you see a particular frame of a television show a quarter of a second later than your neighbor, no one's the wiser.’
    • ‘Not a frame of film is wasted, with each episode launching almost immediately into action.’
    • ‘You can pause the movie on any frame to see that individual picture.’
    • ‘Crisper editing probably would have helped, but the filmmakers apparently were reluctant to lose a single frame of Murphy in makeup.’
    • ‘Even in the final frames of the film, in which there is no dialogue, Moreno's natural acting talent is evident, bringing the film to a strong conclusion.’
    • ‘These still images were edited together digitally, the video edited frame by frame to produce movement and rhythms.’
    • ‘It would seem, in fact, that not a single frame of film has been left on the cutting room floor.’
    • ‘At the end of the film, the frame freezes and the lead actors real names and character names appear one at a time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Heaven forbid that anyone should have a free second or film frame devoid of musical accompaniment.’
    • ‘The next generation of phones, however, will support 15 frames per second.’
    • ‘Every single beautiful frame of this film is romantically and emotionally charged.’
    • ‘But director Snyder has paced this movie right and the intensity builds from the first frame to the last.’
    • ‘Apparently, the filmmakers realized how incredibly fake their ghouls looked, so they decided to never show them onscreen for more than five frames of film.’
    • ‘It is very informative, and Jeck obviously knows every frame of this picture.’
    • ‘Moreover, the prose-poem form itself, with its blocklike arrangement of print, mimics a frame of film or a movie screen.’
    • ‘Hell, you've got to know your ending before you start shooting a single frame of film.’
    • ‘Throughout the latter quarter of the 20th century, the iconic image came from frames of video footage.’
    • ‘Each of the 110,000 frames of film that comprise the movie has to be treated as an individual shot.’
    • ‘But I finished it on a computer that could do sixty frames per second.’
    1. 5.1 A single picture in a comic strip.
      • ‘But Roy would take a single frame from a cartoon or comic strip and turn it into an entire painting.’
      • ‘Then, in the comic's final frame, Cathy says, ‘At least we'll always have the prints.’’
      • ‘‘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’
      • ‘The comic strip ends with a frame featuring an aged Bible John wandering the streets of Glasgow in the present day.’
    2. 5.2Computing 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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Users especially like the idea that the result list is constantly available within the left frame.’
      • ‘To navigate the review simply click on the section headings in the frame above.’
      • ‘The overall layout of the scroll bars and the way the frames are displayed is very impressive.’
      • ‘If, like most people, you're using a graphical browser, after login you see two frames.’
  • 6

    another term for rack (sense 4 of the noun)
    1. 6.1 A round of play in bowling.
      • ‘That doesn't come until the next game, after she has rolled consecutive gutter balls in the same frame.’
      • ‘Bohn put the game away with a strike on his first ball in the final frame.’
      • ‘Carol had to get two strikes and a good count on her fill ball in the 10th frame to win the tournament.’
      • ‘It's a weird feeling to throw nine strikes and know you still need a mark in the 10th frame in order to win.’
      • ‘Glass threw a strike on his first ball in the 10th frame and needed only eight pins to take home the trophy.’
    2. 6.2US informal An inning in a baseball game.
      ‘he closed out the game by pitching two hitless frames’
      • ‘First, he nailed a ginormous triple to send the game into an extra frame.’
      • ‘The had two walks in the first frame, followed by four baserunners in each of the next two.’
  • 7North American

    short for frame-up

verb

[with object]
  • 1Place (a picture or photograph) in a frame.

    ‘he had the photo framed’
    • ‘Emmie framed new pictures of them monthly down the hallway of their house.’
    • ‘A number of pictures were framed and presented to schools.’
    • ‘Notably, only a few photographs were framed and hung.’
    • ‘She frequently hires Tucker to mount and frame art images she finds in publications and on postcards.’
    • ‘We need them in and developed, mounted and framed by Friday.’
    • ‘Tammy and Greg's wedding picture was framed and hung perfectly on the walls.’
    • ‘These pictures were framed or tipped into yearbooks, hung throughout the clubhouse of the moment, or shelved in a library.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Have them framed in vintage style frames for a striking effect.’
    • ‘Experts agree the original should be kept in an acid-free photo album in the dark while copies of the photograph are framed.’
    • ‘These images were frequently collected and framed by readers.’
    • ‘She must have been extra special since you framed her picture and put it in your room.’
    • ‘She framed a picture of Marissa and him from when they were small.’
    • ‘That is their main purpose, but saving just one of them to be framed or placed in a memory album/scrapbook will create a lasting souvenir of the occasion.’
    • ‘Whenever you buy a book or frame a picture for someone else, write a kind note to the recipient on the flap or the back.’
    • ‘Anyway, on the way home I found the perfect bid of beading (that's like thin timber) to frame a picture I painted on cardboard.’
    • ‘In one, students calculated how much framing material was required to frame several pictures.’
    • ‘Finally, the images are dry-mounted and framed to his specifications.’
    • ‘My first step was to cut the print into six pieces so each image could be framed individually.’
    • ‘She had already framed a picture of her and Logan dancing and it sat on her desk.’
    mount, set in a frame
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    1. 1.1 Surround so as to create a sharp or attractive image.
      ‘a short, strong style cut to frame the face’
      • ‘There, the city is framed by the mountains, but not overwhelmed by them.’
      • ‘Her violet eyes were framed by long lashes.’
      • ‘There are many exquisite details, carved doorways, potted plants framed by shaded windows.’
      • ‘As soon as she saw the bright, cheerful face, framed by soft blond curls, she giggled.’
      • ‘Iranian women are known for large eyes framed by thick eyelashes, and dark, shapely eyebrows.’
      • ‘Shocked, she stops, gathers her robe and advances just a bit, to be framed perfectly in the doorway.’
      • ‘Her luscious hair hung about her neck and shoulders, framing an attractive face.’
      • ‘The narrow painted borders create a portal or threshold that frames the interior to give the illusion of deep space, a familiar painting convention.’
      • ‘At the Music Center, another sculpture by Graham, an open bronze door, frames city hall like a formal portrait.’
      • ‘Fake crystal chandeliers sparkled above the stage and the performance space was framed by red valour curtains.’
      • ‘Even the gate is a work of art; the rose-covered metal arbor and upward-arching gate create a circle that frames attractive views.’
      • ‘He lay in bed looking out of that window, seeing the bougainvillea frame a picture of two golfers at the fifth tee.’
      • ‘This beautiful, decrepit city is at its most breathtaking at night, when thousands of lights of the houses on the surrounding hills frame and light up the bay.’
      • ‘Her hair was perfectly framing her face and her fit body was tastefully dressed in a sleek black dress.’
      • ‘Again, in the background, one can make out a type of building, and the entire picture is framed by many trees, as opposed to the two trees in the previous picture.’
      • ‘An L-shaped block of yellow on the left nicely frames the page.’
      • ‘Her brown hair fell in silky waves, the curls artfully framing her face.’
      • ‘With a charming face framed by curly hair, she soon became a star.’
      • ‘Moving images, including those framed by car windows, give us the possibility of seeing landscape as variable rather than fixed, as in landscape paintings.’
      • ‘The idea was to open and frame attractive views of the historic buildings.’
  • 2Create or formulate (a concept, plan, or system)

    ‘the staff have proved invaluable in framing the proposals’
    • ‘At the same time, European Union foreign ministers agreed there was much still to be done and that all groups must be included in framing a constitution.’
    • ‘That's the basis on which we shall frame our policy for the next general election.’
    • ‘He and his organisation have clout in framing policy and legislation.’
    • ‘No definite plans were framed for areas outside the capital, but the minister indicated the same principle could be extended nationwide if the Dublin experiment succeeds.’
    • ‘Your input has helped us frame a policy that will enable us to better serve our diverse community of users around the world.’
    • ‘Mr Davern is waiting for the report of the Organic Development Committee, whose recommendations will form the basis for framing policy on organic farming.’
    • ‘The original treaty and policies were framed to accommodate the concerns of the founding states, particularly France and Germany.’
    • ‘As an apolitical forum, it should play a key role in framing agricultural policies.’
    • ‘The major reported sticking point is the manner in which a profit-sharing formula is to be framed.’
    • ‘This is the first round in framing a recovery plan for fish supplies.’
    • ‘We need to remind ourselves in framing our policies that luck, rather than virtue, is one of the great determinants of life.’
    • ‘Indeed it has been said, rather unkindly, this scheme was framed especially to benefit Ireland's jockeys.’
    • ‘What are the arguments and positions needed to formulate and frame the ensuing public policy debate?’
    • ‘Against this backdrop of anarchy and violence, politicians attempting to frame the country's new democracy are floundering.’
    • ‘I have been heavily involved in framing the strategy over the last ten years so this does not signal any change in that.’
    • ‘You are not entrusting the new government the responsibility to frame its own policies in our democratic model.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is quite another when he is framing his policy as he has to be responsible to the people and, as such, must be realistic.’
    • ‘The court has asked the Welfare Commissioner to frame a policy of disbursement in two weeks.’
    • ‘Their focus is on framing the public policy agenda rather than creating useful public policy initiatives.’
    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
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    1. 2.1 Form or articulate (words)
      ‘he walked out before she could frame a reply’
      • ‘A series of Gallup polls from 1982 to 2001 reveal similar findings (although the question was framed differently).’
      • ‘Yet much of the debate over civil liberties in wartime has, to this point, been framed in all-or-nothing terms.’
      • ‘Nor does he bother with minor matters: his interest is only in the larger issues, so it pays to frame questions accordingly.’
      • ‘All this is true, of course, but framed in quite an amazingly radical way.’
      • ‘But it is the environmentalists who have been most successful in getting the debate framed in words that suit them.’
      • ‘For far too many on the left the issue gets framed as a dispute between civil rights and individual rights, with civil rights having the trump card.’
      • ‘Arguments framed in terms of fear may easily be represented as irrational and therefore illegitimate in terms of political debate.’
      • ‘Daniel hesitated, trying to frame his words in the nicest possible way.’
      • ‘Charles, perhaps you could frame this in terms of the business issues.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am not a supporter of the censorship of any voice, but I do believe the dialogue must be framed respectfully.’
      • ‘The words were not framed in that rhetorical and hopeless way they often are following news of a tragedy.’
      • ‘Conventional explanations of the high cost of space tend to be framed in terms of the laws of physics.’
      • ‘Instead, you need to frame and word your question precisely to get what you want.’
      • ‘That is why the attack on Britain's rebate has been framed in terms of concern that the poorer EU entrants should not be asked to pay money to one of the richest European nations.’
      • ‘The debate is framed very differently on the two sides of the Atlantic.’
      • ‘It is true that Perelman did not frame his idea in political and critical terms, and that he may have been surprised to see it appropriated in such a way.’
      • ‘You would definitely frame your words in your own way and pray to the Lord for me.’
      • ‘The arguments were framed in a very academic fashion.’
      • ‘In Bakhtin's view, people frame their speech according to the reactions they hope to produce or the impression they want to make.’
    2. 2.2archaic Make or construct (something) by fitting parts together or in accordance with a plan.
      ‘what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?’
      • ‘If he allows that God framed the universe, why not allow that God manages it?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Sweet boy, thou art too young and too honest to cope with women, who were framed by the Creator to deceive.’
      • ‘Tyger, Tyger, burning bright In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?’
      • ‘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.’
      construct, build, manufacture, make, create, fabricate, contrive
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  • 3informal Produce false evidence against (an innocent person) so that they appear guilty.

    ‘he claims he was framed’
    • ‘Is he guilty or has he been framed by radical right-wingers?’
    • ‘I cannot believe I've been framed for a crime I didn't commit.’
    • ‘The administration is trying to frame a guilty man and lead a lynch mob to execute him.’
    • ‘He'd heard it all before - another murder convict claiming he was framed.’
    • ‘Although it was revealed during the trial that he was a drug smuggler, he was also a gun-obsessed thug who repeatedly claimed the police framed him for violence and sex offences.’
    • ‘He claims that he was framed and that he was innocent.’
    • ‘They framed an innocent guy and sent him to death row for murder.’
    • ‘But the 75-year-old man says the army and police are framing him.’
    • ‘He claimed another criminal who ran a cannabis farm with Taylor was behind the killing, but that detectives manipulated evidence to frame him.’
    • ‘Nobody will be surprised to learn, I assume, that recent scholarship indicates he was framed.’
    • ‘As the story is revealed, Bloom begins to develop a need to peel away the veneer surrounding his incarceration, becoming adamant that he has been framed.’
    • ‘Informers have been caught framing innocent people.’
    • ‘You don't know what it's like to be framed for a murder!’
    • ‘He later learns that he was framed and unjustly imprisoned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soon they are trying to piece together why they were framed and how to escape from their life of imprisonment!’
    • ‘Payne is framed again for a crime he didn't commit.’
    • ‘He is then framed for a murder and is forced to go on the run, being chased by spies and the police.’
    • ‘He concludes that conspiracy theories about wills and a police attempt to frame Slater were nonsense, but the true killer may never be known.’
    • ‘Sam had figured out that Brigid, in a plan to frame Thursby, had drawn Archer into the alleyway and killed him with Thursby's weapon.’
    falsely incriminate, fabricate charges against, fabricate evidence against, entrap
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  • 4US Erect the framework of a building.

    • ‘Wednesday the workmen arrive to frame up the room, drywall it, paint it, and put up shelves.’
    • ‘2.1 The roofs are built in two principal methods: the pitched sections are framed up in prefabricated timber trusses with nail plated joints.’
    • ‘She basically framed the house by herself.’
    • ‘On the next day he ‘finished framing the building in the fore noon and raised it without our oxen before 2 o'clock.’’
    • ‘They were quite astonished to see that Dinsmore & Neilson had framed the building's upper gallery floor and was preparing to raise its roof so early in the season.’

Phrases

  • frame of mind

    • A particular mood that influences one's attitude or behavior.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have regular check-ups and I'm in a very positive frame of mind about the situation.’
      • ‘Being independent and adventurous is the right frame of mind to have.’
      • ‘It's always good to approach these events in a positive frame of mind, eh?’
      • ‘I could shrug it off if I were in a stronger frame of mind.’
      • ‘She found question one very easy and it started her off in a good frame of mind.’
      • ‘We want children to come to school in happy frames of mind and we don't want them rushing out of school at 3pm.’
      • ‘Of course, we would have to put ourselves in the right frame of mind for this to succeed.’
      • ‘Come back at a later stage and maybe you will be in a better frame of mind.’
      mood, state of mind, emotional state, humour, temper, spirit, vein, attitude, perspective, condition, persuasion
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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 frame (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).

Pronunciation

frame

/freɪm//frām/