Definition of frame of reference in US English:

frame of reference


  • 1A set of criteria or stated values in relation to which measurements or judgments can be made.

    ‘the observer interprets what he sees in terms of his own cultural frame of reference’
    • ‘Concepts of work in Third World nations were, in the first instance, determined by their own unique cultural frames of reference.’
    • ‘Conclusions are based on the respective frame of reference, resulting in continuous polarization of the debate.’
    • ‘The intervention was offered by us in an open inviting way, reflecting sincere interest in the patient's story and following the patient's frame of reference.’
    • ‘There was assumption of common cultural and academic frames of reference.’
    • ‘For example, the results of this study indicate that each of two discourse regimes was determined at least in part by individuals' ideological frames of reference and dissimilar semiotic processes.’
    • ‘This provided the frame of reference for determining what range of resupply times is probable in future contingencies.’
    • ‘These stories reveal as much about the personal frames of reference of the tale-teller as they do about anything else.’
    • ‘She joked about their Jewish frame of reference but could not disguise her deep cultural pride.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the education minister said it was proposed that the protocol becomes a frame of reference for other recruiting countries outside of the Commonwealth.’
    • ‘Yet her cultural frame of reference is also much broader, as the art satisfies the senses of a panchromatic, culturally diverse audience.’
    • ‘This investigation unpacks the frames of reference and modes of identification that cultivate preferences and expectations in regard to age, gender, and romance in screen cultures by way of a paradigmatic case.’
    • ‘In fact, there are frames of reference that cannot be disregarded, such as the rule of law, international legitimacy, acquired rights, human and cultural values, etc.’
    • ‘Actually, that's quite easy to dispute, though I suppose it would quickly lead to an argument about frames of reference.’
    • ‘This would mean that all motion is relative motion - motion relative to some material object or other which can be taken to determine a frame of reference.’
    • ‘Even if the cast entered this production without a cultural frame of reference, their performances prove that emotions are universal.’
    • ‘I include this in the hope that it will provide a frame of reference for those who are inclined to dismiss any of my prior examples as inappropriate uses of rhetoric.’
    • ‘Because they are children, they have no criteria for behavior, no comparison, no frame of reference.’
    • ‘They do not depends on one's frame of reference, or culture, or the colour of your eyes.’
    • ‘Cultural diversity has increasingly led to the loss of common frames of reference.’
    1. 1.1 A system of geometric axes in relation to which measurements of size, position, or motion can be made.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


frame of reference

/freɪm əv/