frame


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
   Furnish.]
   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
      false.
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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.
                                                  Taylor.
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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.
                                                  --Spenser.
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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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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
      structure.
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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.
                                                  --Prescott.
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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,
          etc.
      (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
      rigidity.
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