Definition of framework in US English:

framework

noun

  • 1An essential supporting structure of a building, vehicle, or object.

    ‘a conservatory in a delicate framework of iron’
    • ‘Since then most canvas paintings have been attached to lightweight wooden frameworks or stretchers.’
    • ‘The steel framework of the new building is expected to start taking shape in June.’
    • ‘Currently the area opposite the taxi holding is dotted with steel and concrete frameworks and other partially complete structures.’
    • ‘Pens are supported by rope frameworks about 200 feet square and anchored on each corner by a one-ton anchor.’
    • ‘The frameworks of the looms are made in Mahdia and assembled using only wooden doweling, because metal nails would snag the threads.’
    frame, substructure, structure, skeleton, chassis, shell, body, bodywork
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    1. 1.1 A basic structure underlying a system, concept, or text.
      ‘the theoretical framework of political sociology’
      • ‘As a result, people do not think about how to craft or tailor systems and frameworks to suit the unique needs of Taiwan and its people.’
      • ‘In addition, establishing a legal framework for action is not going to be sufficient.’
      • ‘To date they have participated in developing the basic conceptual framework for the plan.’
      • ‘However, some remained optimistic that an international framework for cooperation on lunar exploration could be developed.’
      • ‘Likewise, almost all use theoretical frameworks from other areas, rather than the sociology of religion.’
      • ‘A conceptual framework is established that realizes the integration of both perspectives.’
      • ‘In addition, it provides a general theoretical framework for those phenomena.’
      • ‘Because it is so concise, the text is strongly structured by conceptual frameworks that do not get lost in detail.’
      • ‘Individuals were left more isolated, without the political frameworks through which to understand their problems, or to point towards solutions.’
      • ‘Often, this research is badly designed and lacks theoretical or conceptual frameworks.’
      • ‘The agreement provides a legal framework for co-operation based on equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit.’
      • ‘Britain and France sought to maximize their interests by economic and political frameworks designed to serve their advantage.’
      • ‘Perhaps healthcare workers should be taught to keep some basic frameworks in mind to enable them to be more sensitive to power in all its manifestations.’
      • ‘The analysis begins in the second section by outlining the framework used in measuring productivity.’
      • ‘The framework for this analysis was structured around existing research on patient treatment matching.’
      • ‘It is the self-reflective move to think upon our own conceptual frameworks and how they shape our own textual production.’
      • ‘The range of analytical tools, techniques, approaches, and frameworks available to support strategic assessment is very large.’
      • ‘First of all, the author provides no theoretical framework for his study.’
      • ‘Language structures thought patterns and frameworks of knowledge.’
      • ‘Its main purpose seems to lie in providing a basic framework for the actual story to come.’
      structure, shape, fabric, frame, order, scheme, system, organization, construction, configuration, composition, constitution, architecture, anatomy
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Pronunciation

framework

/ˈfreɪmˌwərk//ˈfrāmˌwərk/