• Paring-Chisel.  Framing-Chisel.  Mortise-Chisel
    Paring-Chisel. Framing-Chisel. Mortise-Chisel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v frame make up plans or basic details for "frame a policy"
    • v frame formulate in a particular style or language "I wouldn't put it that way","She cast her request in very polite language"
    • v frame enclose in or as if in a frame "frame a picture"
    • v frame construct by fitting or uniting parts together
    • v frame take or catch as if in a snare or trap "I was set up!","The innocent man was framed by the police"
    • v frame enclose in a frame, as of a picture
    • n frame one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided
    • n frame 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"
    • n frame the framework for a pair of eyeglasses
    • n frame a single one of a series of still transparent pictures forming a cinema, television or video film
    • n frame the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape "the building has a steel skeleton"
    • n frame 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"
    • n frame the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
    • n frame a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning
    • n frame an application that divides the user's display into two or more windows that can be scrolled independently
    • n frame a single drawing in a comic_strip
    • n frame (baseball) one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Picture-Frame-Clamp Picture-Frame-Clamp
Jamestown house types: simple frame, half-timber, brick, and row. (Conjectural sketches by Sidney E. King.) Jamestown house types: simple frame, half-timber, brick, and row. (Conjectural sketches by Sidney E. King.)
Detail of the Frame Detail of the Frame
A couple in an O-framed vignette A couple in an O-framed vignette
A man's face in a U-shaped frame A man's face in a U-shaped frame
Houses of Parliament, in Beehive frame Houses of Parliament, in Beehive frame
Construction of steel frame building Construction of steel frame building
Arkwright's Water Frame Arkwright's Water Frame

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Sears Tower consists of nine framed tubes, which connects nine skyscrapers as one building
    • Frame A glazed portable structure for protecting young plants from frost.
    • Frame 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
    • Frame A molding box or flask, which being filled with sand serves as a mold for castings.
    • Frame a pair of glasses without the lenses; that part of a pair of glasses that excludes the lenses.
    • Frame A stand to support the type cases for use by the compositor.
    • Frame A structure of four bars, adjustable in size, on which cloth, etc., is stretched for quilting, embroidery, etc.
    • Frame (Mach) A term applied, especially in England, to certain machines built upon or within framework; as, a stocking frame; lace frame; spinning frame, etc.
    • Frame 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 ."
    • Frame Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming. "John the bastard
      Whose spirits toil in frame of villainies."
    • Frame 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.""Put your discourse into some frame ."
    • Frame In games: 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. In bowling, as in tenpins, one of the several innings forming a game.
    • Frame Particular state or disposition, as of the mind; humor; temper; mood; as, to be always in a happy frame . Same as frame of mind
    • Frame The bodily structure; physical constitution; make or build of a person. "Some bloody passion shakes your very frame .""No frames could be strong enough to endure it."
    • Frame The ribs and stretchers of an umbrella or other structure with a fabric covering.
    • Frame The skeleton structure which supports the boiler and machinery of a locomotive upon its wheels.
    • Frame To cause; to bring about; to produce. "Fear frames disorder, and disorder wounds."
    • Frame (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.
    • Frame 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.""We may in some measure frame our minds for the reception of happiness.""The human mind is framed to be influenced."
    • Frame 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 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."
    • Frame To proceed; to go. "The bauty of this sinful dame
      Made many princes thither frame ."
    • Frame To provide with a frame, as a picture.
    • Frame To shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech.
    • Frame To support. "That on a staff his feeble steps did frame ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first product that the toy company Mattel came out with was picture frames
    • frame To strengthen; refresh; support.
    • frame To execute; perform.
    • frame To fit, as for a specific end; make suitable or conformable; adapt; adjust.
    • frame To construct by fitting and uniting together the several parts; fabricate by union of constituent parts: as, to frame a house, a door, or a machine.
    • frame In general, to bring or put into form or order; adjust the parts or elements of; compose; contrive; plan; devise.
    • frame [⟨ frame, n.] To surround or provide with a frame, as a picture; put into a frame, as a piece of cloth.
    • frame To profit; avail.
    • frame To fit; accord.
    • frame To succeed in doing or trying to do something; manage.
    • frame To wash ore with the aid of a frame.
    • frame To move.
    • n frame Profit; advantage; benefit.
    • n frame The act of planning or contriving; contrivance; invention.
    • n frame Form, constitution, or structure in general; system; order: as, the frame of government.
    • n frame Anything composed of parts fitted and united; fabric; structure: used especially of natural objects with reference to their physical structure or constitution.
    • n frame The sustaining parts of a structure fitted and joined together; framework; as, the frame of a house, bridge, ship, or printing-press. See cut on following page.
    • n frame Any kind of case or structure made for admitting, inclosing, or supporting things, whether fixed or movable; as, the frame of a window, door, picture, or looking-glass.
    • n frame Specifically.
    • n frame An open elevated framework of wood or iron that supports the cases out of which the compositor picks his types.
    • n frame A loom; especially, a sort of loom on which linen, silk, etc., are stretched for quilting or embroidering, or on which lace, stockings, etc., are made.
    • n frame In milit. engin., a framework of four stout pieces of scantling fastened together in rectangular form, placed at intervals in shafts and galleries, to support and hold in position the sheeting.
    • n frame In horticulture, a glazed structure of different kinds, portable or permanent, for protecting young plants from frost, etc.
    • n frame In mining, a very simple apparatus for washing ore, consisting of a table of boards slightly inclined, over which runs a gentle stream of water. See framing-table.
    • n frame A raft.
    • n frame Hence An inclosing border of any kind; specifically, in art, a purely ornamental surrounding border, as in sculptured or other relief ornament; a carved border to a sunken panel or opening; in surface-decoration, a painted or inlaid ornament carried round a fresco-painting or other picture upon a wall.
    • n frame Particular state, as of the mind; mental condition; natural temper or disposition: as, an unhappy frame of mind.
    • n frame Shape; form; proportion.
    • frame In ship-building, to erect and adjust the frames of (a vessel) in place above the keel on the building-slip.
    • n frame In ship-building, one of the ribs or transverse members which extend up on each side of the keel and support the outside planking or plating. In a wooden vessel a frame is made up of curved pieces of timber. The lowest piece is the floor-timber, which extends across the keel. The next piece is the first futtock, the lower part of which laps on one side of the floor, and the upper part laps on the side of the second futtock, the lower end of the latter butting against the upper end of the floor-timber. The successive pieces are called third, fourth, etc., futtocks, and the last the top-timber. The various pieces are through-bolted to each other across the central joint, thus forming the complete frame. In iron and steel vessels the frames are of the most varied construction, owing to the ease with which the material can be worked into various forms. The simplest is that consisting of a frame angle-bar, a reverse frame angle-bar, and a floor-plate. In the upper part of the frame the frame-bar and reverse frame-bar are riveted back to back, as shown in the section. This is called a built frame. In the lower part the two bars are spread apart and riveted to the floor-plate interposed between them. (See cut under floor, 5.) In modern steel vessels, particularly men-of-war, a single piece, as a channel-bar, bulb-angle, or Z-bar, takes the place of the frame-bar and reverse frame-bar. This is called a solid frame. In vessels with a double bottom the frame in the lower part becomes a part of the cellular bottom and is a more complex structure. (See cut under bottom.) The frame of a protected cruiser with double bottom is shown under frame, 5. In large merchant steamers with double bottoms a generally similar construction is adopted. The upper part of the frame is a piece separate from that in the bottom, and it is secured to the margin-plate by a bracket and gusset (See cut under braeket.) Other forms of frames are used in vessels in various places. (See deep frame, belt-frame, web-frame.) The deep longitudinal members in the framework of the double button) are sometimes called longitudinal frames, but more usually longitudinals. A boss-frame is one of the frames at the stern which are curved out around the stern-tube. The transom-frame is that at the stern-post in vessels having an overhanging stern. It has a very deep floor which is riveted to the upper interior part of the stern-post, and the radiating stern-frames abaft it, forming the contour of the stern, are secured to it at their heels.
    • n frame In bee-keeping, an open four-cornered box, readily removed from the hive, in which the bees construct their combs.
    • n frame In printing, same as composing-stand.
    • n frame In bowling or tenpins, a division of the game through which a player continues at one setting of the pins. Three balls usually constitute a frame.
    • n frame In pool: The triangle used to spot the balls in pyramidal form at pyramid, continuous, following, and fifteen-ball pool and their offshoots.
    • n frame The leg or game played with such a set of balls at all except continuous pool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the original movie "101 Dalmatians," there are exactly 6,469,952 spots on all 101 Dalmatians as they are shown in 113,760 frames of the film combined
    • v.t Frame frām to form: to shape: to construct by fitting the parts to each other: to plan, adjust, or adapt to an end: to contrive or devise: to constitute: to put a frame or border round, as a picture: to put into a frame:
    • v.i Frame (dial.) to move:
    • n Frame the form: a putting together of parts: a case made to enclose or support anything: the skeleton of anything: state of mind: in gardening, a movable structure used for the cultivation or the sheltering of plants, as a 'forcing-frame,' 'cucumber-frame,' &c.:
    • v.t Frame frām (Spens.) to support
    • v.i Frame (B.) to contrive
    • n Frame (Shak.) the act of devising
    • ***


  • Robert Southey
    “How little do they see what is, who frame their hasty judgments upon that which seems.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “If I spit, they will take my spit and frame it as great art.”
  • James F. Cooper
    “Candor is a proof of both a just frame of mind, and of a good tone of breeding. It is a quality that belongs equally to the honest man and to the gentleman.”
  • St. Augustine
    “I asked the whole frame of the world about my God; and he answered, I am not He, but He made me.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. Furnish


In literature:

It need not be worked in a frame.
"Handbook of Embroidery" by L. Higgin
Consequently, the plans framed at home were always belated.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Her pale face in this frame of black hair above it and on both sides of it looked like a wax figure in an old black frame.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The paintings are for the most part in oil, coated with green varnish, and fitted into frames of dark yellow tinsel.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
Then the frame's a good hard-wood frame, too.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The outer frame timbers of a vessel consist of the keel, stem, stern-posts, and ribs, which when moulded and bolted form the frame.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Mr. Toombs arose and declared that the South did not deny the right of a people framing a State constitution to admit or exclude slavery.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
The lattices are loaded upon cars, and moved on a tram-way to the drying ground, where they are set up in frames.
"Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel" by Samuel William Johnson
The Indians had chopped saplings and had made a frame and filled it with boughs.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
The construction of a frame is shown in Fig.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss

In poetry:

Star of Rest! how gently closeth
Every bud beneath thy brow,
And the wearied frame reposeth
From its daily labor now.
"Star Of Rest" by James Avis Bartley
None can grant pardon to their soul,
But He who made their frame;
That God who is unchangeable,
And evermore the same.
"A Hymn" by Susannah Hawkins
I think that all that can rejoice
This long sweet summer day
Hath power to frame a gentle voice,
And sing in love away.
"Summer Dreamings" by Alexander Anderson
That haunt the sad rooms of my days,
As keepsakes of unperished love,
Where pale the memory of her face
Is framed above.
"Tones" by Madison Julius Cawein
The light of an unfading love
Paints the gay grass and frames the sky,
And hides the moon in morning seas
And cannot die.
"Upon Revisiting A Green Nook" by Annie Adams Fields
When I with pleasing wonder stand,
And all my frame survey,
Lord, 'tis thy work I own thy hand
Thus built my humble clay.
"Psalm 139 part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Regrease threads on frame and BB.
Something so sad About the way a t-shirt Crooks my frame.
Waytek Inc introduces the new Mobile Crimp Tool Kit, which includes a crimp tool frame, seven snap-in die sets, and a durable carrying case.
C omputerized passport control points, shiny marble floors and framed photos of beaches greet arrivals at Gaza's Rafah terminal along the Egyptian frontier.
Emily Martinka hangs one of the frames by Lisa Gabriel at the Croft Art Gallery in Waco.
Capris, pedal pushers, high-waters—whatever you want to call them, pants that hit above the ankle tend to shorten your frame, which is why petites struggle with the look.
If it were just a series of animated frames and sequences, "Mia and the Migoo" would nearly be a must-see.
The room was all gold and white and silver from the drapes to the couch, the love seat, and the two chairs framing the empty white brick of the fireplace.
Geyrhalter frames the modern workplace.
After that, the badge goes into a frame.
One's a tall deck, another is framing a garden shed, and then I need to help a friend with a room addition.
A while ago, a botched laptop sync wiped out all the pictures on my iPhone, consigning to oblivion 18 months of poorly framed vacation snapshots, blurred portraits of my children and candid, accidental glimpses of my feet.
International Home Miami uses eco-friendly eucalyptus wood with PVC wicker chairs on an aluminum frame to craft a 57-inch square table.
Feature-rich color LCD screen doubles as digital photo frame.
HouMinn Practice develops two systems from the same basic modular concept as alternatives to traditional stick-frame construction.

In science:

The standard star frames were reduced in the same way as the science frames (but with no coaddition).
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Let µ be a local frame for L, defined on R ⊂ M , and β the connection form in this frame.
Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms and the Berry phase
These vectors are called a frame [Da]. (More generally, a frame is a set of vectors xj for which P xj ⊗ xj is an isomorphism in lm 2 ).
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
We call this reference frame the boundary rest frame. (For the shock acceleration, this frame is of course the shock rest frame for each side of the shock front.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
The pitch angle distribution both in the fluid frame and the shock rest frame are shown.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves