n. v. framed, fram•ing
1) a border or case for enclosing a picture, mirror, etc
2) bui civ a rigid structure formed of joined pieces and used as a major support, as in buildings, machinery, and furniture
3) anat. a body, esp. a human body, with reference to its size or build; physique:
a large frame[/ex]
4) bui a structure for admitting or enclosing something:
a window frame[/ex]
5) Usu., frames. the framework for a pair of eyeglasses
6) form, constitution, or structure in general
7) a particular state:
an unhappy frame of mind[/ex]
8) mot sbz one of the successive pictures on a strip of film
9) spo
a) one of the ten divisions of a bowling game
b) one of the squares on the scorecard in which the score for a given frame is recorded
10) gam
rack I, 4)
11) spo a baseball inning
12) mac tex a machine or part of a machine supported by a framework, esp. as used in textile production:
a spinning frame[/ex]
13) one of the separate drawings in a comic strip, usu. set off by a border
14) pri a rectangular portion of a page, often with enclosing lines, to set off printed matter in a newspaper, magazine, or the like
15) to construct; shape
16) to devise; compose:
to frame a new constitution[/ex]
17) to conceive or imagine, as an idea
18) inf to incriminate (an innocent person) so as to ensure a verdict of guilty
19) to provide with or put into a frame, as a picture
20) to form (speech) carefully with the lips
21) inf to prearrange fraudulently, as in a scheme or contest
22) to line up visually in a viewfinder or sight
23) archaic to go; proceed
24) archaic to manage to do something
Etymology: bef. 1000; ME: to prepare (timber), OE framian to avail, profit fram′a•ble, frame′a•ble, adj. fram′a•ble•ness, frame′a•ble•ness, n. frame′less, adj. fram′er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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