- The definition of a frame is the general structure that gives a person or thing its shape, or how something is put together.
- An example of a frame is the bone structure of the human skeleton.
- An example of a frame is a house made of wood and stone.
- A frame is defined as the outside border that holds something in place on all sides.
An example of frame is the enclosed wood structure that holds a picture hanging on a wall.
- To frame means to put together, form, shape or compose.
An example of to frame is giving feedback with a compliment, a criticism and suggestions for change.
The frame of a new house under construction.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to shape, fashion, or form, usually according to a pattern; design: to frame a constitution
- to put together the parts of; construct
- to put into words; compose; devise; contrive; conceive: to frame an excuse
- to utter: his lips framed the words
- to adapt for a particular use; adjust; fit: a law framed to equalize the tax burden
- to enclose in a border; provide a border for (a mirror, picture, etc.)
- to photograph or film (objects or activity) within the limits of the frame ()
- ☆ Informal to falsify evidence, testimony, etc. beforehand in order to make (an innocent person) appear guilty
- Obsolete to bring about; cause
Origin: Middle English framen ; from frame, a structure, frame, probably ; from Old Norse frami, profit, benefit, akin to frama, to further ; from fram, forward (akin to Old English fram, from); some senses ; from Old English framian, to be helpful: see furnish
- Archaic anything made of parts fitted together according to a design
- body structure in general; build
- basic or skeletal structure around which a thing is built and that gives the thing its shape; framework, as of a house
- the skeletal framework supporting the chassis of some automotive vehicles
- cold frame
- the case or border into which a window, door, etc. is set and which serves as a structural support
- a border, often ornamental, surrounding a picture, etc.; also, the picture or other matter inside such a border
- the framing of a pair of eyeglasses; rims
- any of various machines built on or in a framework
- the way that anything is constructed or put together; organization; form
- a set of circumstances that serve as background to an event
- condition; state: a bad frame of mind
- an established order or system
- ☆ Baseball, Informal an inning
- ☆ Informal the act of framing an innocent person
- Bowling, etc. any of the ten divisions of a game, in each of which the pins are set up anew
- Linguis. a syntactic construction with a blank left in it for testing which words will occur there
- ☆ Film
- each of the small exposures composing a strip of film
- the rectangular image on a film screen, or the particular objects or activity focused on by the camera
- the period of play required to pocket all the balls
- Shipbuilding any of the transverse strengthening members of a ship's hull that extend from the gunwale to the keel
- TV a single scanning of the field of vision by the electron beam
Origin: ME: see framethe
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verb framed framed, fram·ing, frames verb, transitive
- To build by putting together the structural parts of; construct: frame a house.
- To conceive or design: framed an alternate proposal.
- To arrange or adjust for a purpose: The question was framed to draw only one answer.
- a. To put into words; formulate: frame a reply.b. To form (words) silently with the lips.
- To enclose in or as if in a frame: frame a painting.
- Informal a. To make up evidence or contrive events so as to incriminate (a person) falsely.b. To prearrange (a contest) so as to ensure a desired fraudulent outcome; fix: frame a prizefight.
- Archaic To go; proceed.
- Obsolete To manage; contrive.
- Something composed of parts fitted and joined together.
- A structure that gives shape or support: the frame of a house.
- a. An open structure or rim for encasing, holding, or bordering: a window frame; the frame of a mirror.b. A closed, often rectangular border of drawn or printed lines.
- A pair of eyeglasses, excluding the lenses. Often used in the plural: had new lenses fitted into an old pair of frames.
- The structure of a human or animal body; physique: a worker's sturdy frame.
- A cold frame.
- A general structure or system: the frame of government.
- A general state or condition: The news put me into a better frame of mind.
- A frame of reference.
- Sports & Games a. A round or period of play in some games, such as bowling and billiards.b. Baseball An inning.
- A single picture on a roll of movie film or videotape.
- The total area of a complete picture in television broadcasting.
- An individual drawing within a comic strip.
- Computer Science a. A rectangular segment within a browser's window that can be scrolled independently of other such segments.b. A single step in a sequence of programmed instructions.
- Informal A frame-up.
- Obsolete Shape; form.
Origin: Middle English framen, from Old English framian, to further, from fram, forward; see from.
- framˈa·ble, frameˈa·ble adjective
frame - Computer Definition
- A structure in the form of a structure of metal uprights and cross pieces with termination points on each side into which components can be mounted and conductors can be mechanically connected. The term is applied to distribution frames for cables and is the origin of the term mainframe computer.
- In asynchronous serial data communications, a transmission unit comprising a character of data and one or two parity bits, preceded by a start bit, succeeded by a stop bit. Asynchronous communications are said to be character-framed. See Figure F-5. See also asynchronous transmission.
- In synchronous data communications protocols such as HDLC and SDLC, a message unit. A frame comprises control data, address data, user data, and an error control mechanism.The frame is preceded by a beginning flag and succeeded by an ending flag. The data field of an SDLC frame, for example, can comprise as many as 4,096 octets and the various control fields add another four or six octets. See Figure F-6. See also SDLC and synchronous transmission.
- In digital carrier systems E-carrier, J-carrier, and T-carrier, a collection of time slots that repeats every 125 microseconds. In a channelized application, each time slot constitutes a channel. In an unchannelized application, the entire collection of time slots constitutes a channel. Figure F-7 is an illustration of a channelized T1 frame. Note: A T1 and J1 frame is always preceded by a framing bit, which is used for synchronization and other control purposes. An E-1 frame does not require a framing bit, as time slots 0 and 16 serve those functions. See also carrier, channel, E-carrier, framing bit, J-carrier, synchronous, T-carrier, and time slot.
- In video communications, a single photographic image that is one of many in a motion picture. See also frame rate.
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(1) In computer graphics, one screenful of data or its equivalent storage space. See frame buffer.
(2) In video capture, storage and playback, a single image in a series of consecutive images. See full-motion video.
(4) A separate window on a Web page. See frames.
(5) In desktop publishing, a movable, resizable box that holds a graphic image.
(6) In telephony, a rack for holding equipment, typically 23" wide by eight feet high. See rack mounted.
(7) In AI, a data structure that holds a general description of an object, which is derived from basic concepts and experience.
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