Definition of “frame” - English Dictionary

“frame” in English

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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

the plastic or metal structure that holds together a pair of glasses

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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?

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frame noun [ C ] (GAME)

a period of play in some games, such as snooker:

She lost the next two frames.


uk /freɪm/ us /freɪm/

(Definition of “frame” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“frame” in American English

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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)