Frame

Definition of Frame

v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Framed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Framing.]
2.To originate; to plan; to devise; to contrive; to compose; in a bad sense, to invent or fabricate, as something false.
How many excellent reasonings are framed in the mind of a man of wisdom and study in a length of years.
- I. Watts.
3.To fit to something else, or for some specific end; to adjust; to regulate; to shape; to conform.
And frame my face to all occasions.
- Shak.
We may in some measure frame our minds for the reception of happiness.
- Landor.
The human mind is framed to be influenced.
- I. Taylor.
4.To cause; to bring about; to produce.
5.To support.
That on a staff his feeble steps did frame.
- Spenser.
6.To provide with a frame, as a picture.
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.
v. i.1.To shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech.
2.To proceed; to go.
The bauty of this sinful dame
Made many princes thither frame.
- Shak.
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 structure.
These are thy glorious works, Parent of good,
Almighty! thine this universal frame.
- Milton.
2.The bodily structure; physical constitution; make or build of a person.
Some bloody passion shakes your very frame.
- Shak.
No frames could be strong enough to endure it.
- Prescott.
3.(Founding) 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
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.
5.Form; shape; proportion; scheme; structure; constitution; system; as, a frameof government.
She that hath a heart of that fine frame
To pay this debt of love but to a brother.
- Shak.
Put your discourse into some frame.
- Shak.
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
7.Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming.
John the bastard
Whose spirits toil in frame of villainies.
- Shak.
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.
Balloon frame
etc. See under Balloon, Cant, etc.
Frame building
a building of which the form and support is made of framed timbers.
Frame level
a mason's level.
Frame saw
a thin saw stretched in a frame to give it rigidity.

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