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A picture frame
A bicycle frame (diamond frame)
  1. The parts of a building that are strong and that hold the other parts up.
    Now that the frame is done, we can start on the walls.
  2. The strong parts (bones) of a person's body.
    His starved flesh hung on his frame.
  3. Something, often made of wood, around the outside of a picture.
    The painting was in a beautifully carved frame.
  4. The outer part of a stamp's image, usually decorated.
  5. A part of a strip of photographic film, the size of one image.
    A film projector shows many frames in a single second.
  6. A way of understanding, a point of view.
    In this frame, it's easy to ask the question that the investigators missed.
  7. A game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls have been potted.
  8. A chunk of data sent over the wires of a network.
  9. In bowling, a set of balls whose results are added for scoring.
  10. A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th of a second.


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  1. People frame a building when they put together the strong parts while they're building or constructing it.
    Once we finish framing the house, we'll hang tin on the roof.
  2. Someone frames a picture such as a painting or photograph when they add a decorative border.
  3. Someone who is taking a picture with a camera frames something when they carefully put it inside the edges of the picture in a nice way.
    The director frames the fishing scene very well.
  4. To put together words to make a point of view (way of thinking) for understanding or interpretation.
    How would you frame your accomplishments?
    The way the opposition has framed the argument makes it hard for us to win.
  5. Someone frames someone else of a crime such as murder that they didn't do when they make things seem as if the person did the crime.
    He put the gun in her car to try to frame her.