Pronunciation: (frām), [key]
n., v., framed, fram•ing.

1. a border or case for enclosing a picture, mirror, etc.
2. a rigid structure formed of relatively slender pieces, joined so as to surround sizable empty spaces or nonstructural panels, and generally used as a major support in building or engineering works, machinery, furniture, etc.
3. a body, esp. a human body, with reference to its size or build; physique: He has a large frame.
4. a structure for admitting or enclosing something: a window frame.
5. Usually, frames. (used with a pl. v.) the framework for a pair of eyeglasses.
6. form, constitution, or structure in general; system; order.
7. a particular state, as of the mind: an unhappy frame of mind.
8. Motion of the successive pictures on a strip of film.
9. Television.a single traversal by the electron beam of all the scanning lines on a television screen. In the U.S. this is a total of 525 lines traversed in 1/30 second. Cf. field (def. 19).
10. Computers.the information or image on a screen or monitor at any one time.
11. Bowling.
a. one of the ten divisions of a game.
b. one of the squares on the scorecard, in which the score for a given frame is recorded.
12. Pool.rack1 (def. 3).
13. inning.
14. Slang.a frame-up.
15. enclosing lines, usually forming a square or rectangle, to set off printed matter in a newspaper, magazine, or the like; a box.
16. the structural unit that supports the chassis of an automobile.
17. Naut.
a. any of a number of transverse, riblike members for supporting and stiffening the shell of each side of a hull.
b. any of a number of longitudinal members running between web frames to support and stiffen the shell plating of a metal hull.
18. a machine or part of a machine supported by a framework, esp. as used in textile production: drawing frame; spinning frame.
19. Print.the workbench of a compositor, consisting of a cabinet, cupboards, bins, and drawers, and having flat and sloping work surfaces on top.
20. ornamental border, similar to a picture frame, stamped on the front cover of some books.
21. in frame, Shipbuilding.(of a hull) with all frames erected and ready for planking or plating.

1. to form or make, as by fitting and uniting parts together; construct.
2. to contrive, devise, or compose, as a plan, law, or poem: to frame a new constitution.
3. to conceive or imagine, as an idea.
4. incriminate (an innocent person) through the use of false evidence, information, etc.
5. to provide with or put into a frame, as a picture.
6. to give utterance to: Astonished, I attempted to frame adequate words of protest.
7. to form or seem to form (speech) with the lips, as if enunciating carefully.
8. to fashion or shape: to frame a bust from marble.
9. to shape or adapt to a particular purpose: to frame a reading list for ninth graders.
10. contrive or prearrange fraudulently or falsely, as in a scheme or contest.
11. to adjust (film) in a motion-picture projector so as to secure exact correspondence of the outlines of the frame and aperture.
12. to line up visually in a viewfinder or sight.
13. direct, as one's steps.

1. betake oneself; resort.
2. prepare, attempt, give promise, or manage to do something.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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