frame Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “frame” - English Dictionary

"frame" in American English

See all translations

framenoun

 us   /freɪm/
  • frame noun (BORDER)

[C] a border that encloses and supports a picture, mirror, etc.: She put his picture in a silver frame.
  • frame noun (STRUCTURE)

[C] a structure that holds the parts of an object in position and gives them support: The houses have wood frames built on concrete slabs.
  • frame noun (BODY)

[C] a person’s body when referring to its size or structure: He eased his lean frame into a chair.

frameverb [T]

 us   /freɪm/
  • frame verb [T] (EXPRESS)

to carefully plan or organize ideas, suggestions, methods, etc., in a particular way: Their conclusions are framed in such a way that if one piece of evidence were shown to be false, the argument would be suspect.
  • frame verb [T] (MAKE GUILTY)

infml to make a person seem to be guilty of a crime by providing false information: It looked like somebody was trying to frame him.
  • frame verb [T] (BORDER)

to fix a border around a picture, photograph, etc., often with glass in front of it: We had our wedding pictures framed. fig. Her small face was framed by the open door.
(Definition of frame from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"frame" in British English

See all translations

framenoun [C]

uk   /freɪm/  us   /freɪm/
  • frame noun [C] (BORDER)

B1 a border that surrounds and supports a picture, door, or window: a picture frame
frames
the plastic or metal structure that holds together a pair of glasses

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • frame noun [C] (STRUCTURE)

B2 the basic structure of a building, vehicle, or piece of furniture that other parts are added onto: a bicycle frame
UK (US rack) a wooden or plastic triangle used to put the balls into position at the start of a game such as snooker
the size and shape of someone's body: My sister has a much bigger frame than me.
frame of mind
C2 the way someone thinks or feels about something at a particular time: The most important thing is to go into the exam in a positive frame of mind.
frame of reference
a set of ideas or facts accepted by a person that explains their behaviour, opinions, or decisions: How can Christians and atheists ever come to understand each other when their frames of reference are so different?

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • frame noun [C] (GAME)

a period of play in some games, such as snooker: She lost the next two frames.

frameverb

uk   /freɪm/  us   /freɪm/
  • frame verb (EXPRESS)

[T] to express something choosing your words carefully: The interview would have been more productive if the questions had been framed more precisely.
  • frame verb (MAKE GUILTY)

[T often passive] informal to make a person seem to be guilty of a crime when they are not, by producing facts or information that are not true: He claimed he'd been framed by the police.
(Definition of frame from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of frame?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

droid

a robot (= a machine controlled by computer) that is made to look like a human

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More