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Definitions of frame

  1. draw up the plans or basic details for; " frame a policy"
  2. formulate in a particular style or language; " I wouldn't put it that way"; " She cast her request in very polite language"
  3. take or catch as if in a snare or trap; " I was set up!"; " The innocent man was framed by the police"
  4. enclose in a frame, as of a picture
  5. one of a series of still transparent photographs on a strip of film used in making movies
  6. the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; " the building has a steel skeleton"
  7. the hard structure ( bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
  8. a period of play in baseball during which each team has a turn at bat
  9. To originate; to plan; to devise; to contrive; to compose; in a bad sense, to invent or fabricate, as something false.
  10. To fit to something else, or for some specific end; to adjust; to regulate; to shape; to conform.
  11. To cause; to bring about; to produce.
  12. To support.
  13. To provide with a frame, as a picture.
  14. To shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech.
  15. To proceed; to go.
  16. 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 structure.
  17. The bodily structure; physical constitution; make or build of a person.
  18. 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
  19. The skeleton structure which supports the boiler and machinery of a locomotive upon its wheels.
  20. A molding box or flask, which being filled with sand serves as a mold for castings.
  21. The ribs and stretchers of an umbrella or other structure with a fabric covering.
  22. A structure of four bars, adjustable in size, on which cloth, etc., is stretched for quilting, embroidery, etc.
  23. A glazed portable structure for protecting young plants from frost.
  24. A term applied, especially in England, to certain machines built upon or within framework; as, a stocking frame; lace frame; spinning frame, etc.
  25. Form; shape; proportion; scheme; structure; constitution; system; as, a frameof government.
  26. Particular state or disposition, as of the mind; humor; temper; mood; as, to be always in a happy frame.
  27. Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming.
  28. 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.
  29. Something constructed or made of parts fitted and joined together; that on which anything is held or stretched; as, a quilting frame; any contrivance for inclosing, admitting, or supporting something; as, a window frame; shape; temper; state; as, of the mind.
  30. To fit ( one thing) into another; shape or form; adjust or regulate; invent; adapt.
  31. To form: to shape: to construct by fitting the parts to each other: to plan: to constitute: to put a border on: ( B.) to contrive.
  32. The form: a putting together of parts: a case made to inclose or support anything: the skeleton: state of mind.
  33. Fabric; structure; contrivance to inclose or support; state of mind.
  34. To construct; adjust; contrive; put a frame on.
  35. To put together; contrive; arrange; shape; surround with a frame.
  36. Something composed of parts united in a system; arrangement; constitution; framework; case.
  37. A mental state or condition.
  38. Fabric or structure composed of parts fitted and united; any kind of case or structure made for admitting, enclosing, or supporting things; a framework; form; system; shape; contrivance; temper or disposition of mind; a sort of loom an which linen, silk, & c, is stretched for quilting or embroidering; a stand to support the cases in which the types are distributed; a kind of ledge, enclosing a board, which being filled with wet sand, serves as a mould for castings. Frame timbers, those timbers which constitute the frame of a vessel. Lace- frame, a frame or machine for making lace. Stocking- frame, a loom or machine for making stockings.
  39. To construct by fitting parts together; to fit one thing to another; to make; to compose, as laws; to conform; to form and digest by thought; to plan; to fabricate.
  40. To contrive.
  41. A structure formed of united parts; anything made to enclose or surround something else; that on which anything is held or stretched; order; particular state, as of the mind.
  42. To form or shape; to fit one thing to another; to compose; to draw up.
  43. To contrive; to effect; to manage.

Usage examples for frame

  1. You are in a bad frame of mind, Marguerite, and you do not understand anything. – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  2. What do you mean, frame- up, Nadine? – Frigid Fracas by Dallas McCord Reynolds
  3. When he was with her, he was in the frame of mind that finds everything a joke. – The Awakening of Helena Richie by Margaret Deland
  4. It does not follow, however, that my frame of mind is satisfactory to any one, least of all to Mrs. Yocomb. – A Day Of Fate by E. P. Roe
  5. If I am in your book, I cannot be here- except so far as goes my animal nature and frame. – A Book of Ghosts by Sabine Baring-Gould
  6. When she knocked lightly upon the door- frame, Miss Scattergood looked up and saw her. – Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long
  7. The frame is one of price. – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  8. My first frame- up was natural enough. – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  9. He turned over on his right side and saw the white door and its white frame. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
  10. Well, that's all right; I can paint as big as they want 'em, and frame 'em too, I guess." – Under the Skylights by Henry Blake Fuller
  11. In his present frame of mind he was not disposed to joke with her upon the subject. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  12. I don't know," he continued, putting up his hand against the door- frame, to give himself the comfort of its support while he talked, " as you understood what she mean by the young ladies at Boston keepin' up with the fellows in college. – The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
  13. She went back to school in a very thoughtful frame of mind. – The Luckiest Girl in the School by Angela Brazil
  14. A shudder ran through the dying frame. – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  15. The little frame shook with sobs. – Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley
  16. I suppose Father had the frame made somewhere, then he and Mother covered it, and Kit and King helped make the flowers and things. – Marjorie's New Friend by Carolyn Wells
  17. Then, in this frame of mind, the family was taken to Rome. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  18. He found himself in much the same frame of mind, now. – The Gem Collector by P. G. Wodehouse
  19. But his great frame gave him advantage. – Uncle William The Man Who Was Shif'less by Jennette Lee
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