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frame    : [fr'em]
Frame \Frame\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Framed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Framing}.] [OE. framen, fremen, to execute, build, AS.
fremman to further, perform, effect, fr. fram strong,
valiant; akin to E. foremost, and prob. to AS. fram from,
Icel. fremja, frama, to further, framr forward, G. fromm
worthy, excellent, pious. See {Foremost}, {From}, and cf.
1. (Arch. & Engin.) To construct by fitting and uniting the
several parts of the skeleton of any structure;
specifically, in woodwork, to put together by cutting
parts of one member to fit parts of another. See
{Dovetail}, {Halve}, v. t., {Miter}, {Tenon}, {Tooth},
{Tusk}, {Scarf}, and {Splice}.
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2. To originate; to plan; to devise; to contrive; to compose;
in a bad sense, to invent or fabricate, as something
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How many excellent reasonings are framed in the mind
of a man of wisdom and study in a length of years.
--I. Watts.
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3. To fit to something else, or for some specific end; to
adjust; to regulate; to shape; to conform.
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And frame my face to all occasions. --Shak.
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We may in some measure frame our minds for the
reception of happiness. --Landor.
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The human mind is framed to be influenced. --I.
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4. To cause; to bring about; to produce. [Obs.]
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Fear frames disorder, and disorder wounds. --Shak.
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5. To support. [Obs. & R.]
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That on a staff his feeble steps did frame.
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6. To provide with a frame, as a picture.
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7. to manufacture false evidence against (an innocent
person), so as to make the person appear guilty of a
crime. The act of framing a person is often referred to as
a {frame-up}.

Frame \Frame\, v. i.
1. To shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech. [Obs.]
--Judg. xii. 6.
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2. To proceed; to go. [Obs.]
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The bauty of this sinful dame
Made many princes thither frame. --Shak.
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Frame \Frame\, n.
1. 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
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These are thy glorious works, Parent of good,
Almighty! thine this universal frame. --Milton.
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2. The bodily structure; physical constitution; make or build
of a person.
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Some bloody passion shakes your very frame. --Shak.
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No frames could be strong enough to endure it.
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3. 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; as:
(a) The skeleton structure which supports the boiler and
machinery of a locomotive upon its wheels.
(b) (Founding) A molding box or flask, which being filled
with sand serves as a mold for castings.
(c) The ribs and stretchers of an umbrella or other
structure with a fabric covering.
(d) A structure of four bars, adjustable in size, on which
cloth, etc., is stretched for quilting, embroidery,
(e) (Hort.) A glazed portable structure for protecting
young plants from frost.
(f) (Print.) A stand to support the type cases for use by
the compositor.
(f) a pair of glasses without the lenses; that part of a
pair of glasses that excludes the lenses.
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4. (Mach.) A term applied, especially in England, to certain
machines built upon or within framework; as, a stocking
frame; lace frame; spinning frame, etc.
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5. Form; shape; proportion; scheme; structure; constitution;
system; as, a frameof government.
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She that hath a heart of that fine frame
To pay this debt of love but to a brother. --Shak.
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Put your discourse into some frame. --Shak.
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6. Particular state or disposition, as of the mind; humor;
temper; mood; as, to be always in a happy frame. Same as
{{frame of mind}}
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7. Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming. [Obs.]
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John the bastard
Whose spirits toil in frame of villainies. --Shak.
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8. 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.
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{Balloon frame}, {Cant frames}, etc. See under {Balloon},
{Cant}, etc.

{Frame building} or {Frame house}, a building of which the
form and support is made of framed timbers. [U.S.] --
{Frame level}, a mason's level.

{Frame saw}, a thin saw stretched in a frame to give it
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n 1: the framework for a pair of eyeglasses
2: a single one of a series of still transparent pictures
forming a cinema, television or video film
3: alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo
studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the
spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" [synonym: {human body},
{physical body}, {material body}, {soma}, {build}, {figure},
{physique}, {anatomy}, {shape}, {bod}, {chassis}, {frame},
{form}, {flesh}]
4: (baseball) one of nine divisions of play during which each
team has a turn at bat [synonym: {inning}, {frame}]
5: a single drawing in a comic_strip
6: an application that divides the user's display into two or
more windows that can be scrolled independently
7: a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior
and give it meaning [synonym: {frame of reference}, {frame}]
8: the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a
frame for the body of an animal [synonym: {skeletal system},
{skeleton}, {frame}, {systema skeletale}]
9: the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its
shape; "the building has a steel skeleton" [synonym: {skeleton},
{skeletal frame}, {frame}, {underframe}]
10: a framework that supports and protects a picture or a
mirror; "the frame enhances but is not itself the subject of
attention"; "the frame was much more valuable than the miror
it held" [synonym: {frame}, {framing}]
11: one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided
v 1: enclose in or as if in a frame; "frame a picture" [synonym:
{frame}, {frame in}, {border}]
2: enclose in a frame, as of a picture
3: take or catch as if in a snare or trap; "I was set up!"; "The
innocent man was framed by the police" [synonym: {ensnare},
{entrap}, {frame}, {set up}]
4: formulate in a particular style or language; "I wouldn't put
it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language"
[synonym: {frame}, {redact}, {cast}, {put}, {couch}]
5: make up plans or basic details for; "frame a policy" [synonym:
{frame}, {compose}, {draw up}]
6: construct by fitting or uniting parts together [synonym: {frame},
{frame up}]

415 Moby Thesaurus words for "frame":
Platonic form, Platonic idea, adjoin, aesthetic form, anatomy,
angle, appendicular skeleton, archetype, architectonics,
architecture, arrange, arrangement, art form, assemble, attitude,
axial skeleton, backing, bank, base, baseboard, basement,
bear false witness, bearing, befringe, beget, bent, bibliofilm,
bind, bipack, black-and-white film, block out, blueprint, board,
body, body-build, bones, border, bordure, bound, box in, brand,
breed, brew, brim, bring forth, bring into being, brink, brow,
build, building, bushing, cabal, cadre, calculate, call into being,
carcass, cartridge, carve, case, casement, casing, cast, character,
characteristic, characteristics, chassis, chisel, clay, clod,
coast, coin, collude, color film, color negative film, complexion,
complot, compose, composition, compound, conceive, concert,
concoct, condition, configuration, conformation, connive, conspire,
constituents, constitution, construct, construction, context,
contrive, cook up, corpus, couch, couch in terms, countermine,
counterplot, crasis, create, creation, cue, cut, cut out, dado,
design, develop, devise, dharma, diathesis, discover, disposition,
doorframe, dope, draft, draw up, dream up, dry plate, edge, edging,
efform, elaborate, elevate, embody in words, emulsion, enclose,
enframe, engender, engineer, entrap, erect, ethos, evolve,
exoskeleton, express, extrude, fabric, fabricate, fabrication,
false witness, fashion, fashioning, featheredge, fiber, figuration,
figure, film, finagle, finesse, fix, flange, flesh, foot, footing,
forecast, forge, forging, form, formalize, format, formation,
formularize, formulate, found, foundation, frame of mind, frame up,
frame-up, framework, framing, fringe, fudge together, generate,
genius, genre, get up, getup, give being to, give expression to,
give rise to, give words to, grain, habit, hatch, hatch a plot,
hatch up, heart, hem, hew, hue, hulk, humor, humors, ilk,
impression, improvise, indite, infrastructure, inner form, intend,
intrigue, invent, keel, kind, knead, knock out, labellum, labium,
labrum, lap, lattice, latticework, lay a plot, lay out, lay plans,
layout, ledge, lick into shape, limb, limbus, line, lip, list,
machinate, make, make a projection, make arrangements,
make do with, make up, makeup, making, maneuver, manufacture,
march, marge, margin, marginate, material body, matrix, mature,
methodize, microfilm, mind, mint, modality, mode, model, mold,
molding, monochromatic film, mood, mopboard, morale,
motion-picture film, mould, mount, mounting, nadir, nature,
negative, note, operate, order, organic structure, organism,
organization, organize, originate, orthochromatic film, pack,
pack the deal, panchromatic film, paragraph, patch together,
pattern, patterning, person, photographic paper, phrase,
physical body, physique, picture frame, piece together, plan,
plan ahead, plate, plot, prearrange, preconcert, precontrive,
predesign, prefabricate, premeditate, preorder, prepare, present,
printing paper, procreate, produce, production, program, project,
property, prototype, purfle, purl, put, put in words, put together,
put up, put-up job, quality, ragged edge, raise, rationalize, rear,
rhetorize, rig, rim, roll, rough out, roughcast, roughhew, run up,
sash, scaffolding, schedule, schema, schematize, scheme, sculpt,
sculpture, selvage, set, set off, set out, set up, setting, setup,
sew up, shape, shaping, shell, shoemold, shore, side, sideline,
significant form, skeleton, skirt, sole, soma, somatotype, sort,
sound film, sound track, sound-on-film, soundstripe, spawn, spirit,
spirits, stack the cards, stamp, state, state of mind, streak,
strike out, stripe, structure, structuring, style, suchness,
support, system, systematize, tailor, tectonics, temper,
temperament, tendency, tenor, texture, thermoform, think out,
think up, tissue, toe, tone, torso, trap, trim, tripack, trunk,
turn, type, underframe, vamp up, vehicle, vein, verge, wainscot,
wangle, warp and woof, way, weave, web, whomp up, window case,
window frame, word, work, work out, work up, write

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