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Definition of frame noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a strong border or structure of wood, metal, etc. that holds a picture, door, piece of glass, etc. in position a picture frame aluminum window frames I'm going to paint the door frame white.
  2. structure
  3. 2[countable] the supporting structure of a piece of furniture, a building, a vehicle, etc. that gives it its shape the frame of an aircraft/a car/a bicycle The bed frame is made of pine.
  4. of glasses
  5. 3[countable, usually plural] a structure of plastic or metal that holds the lenses in a pair of glasses gold-rimmed frames
  6. person/animal's body
  7. 4[countable, usually singular] the form or structure of a person or animal's body to have a small/slender/large frame The bed was shorter than his six-foot frame.
  8. general ideas
  9. 5[singular] the general ideas or structure that form the background to something In this course we hope to look at literature in the frame of its social and historical context. see also time frame
  10. of movie/video
  11. 6[countable] one of the single photographs that a movie or video is made of
  12. of picture story
  13. 7[countable] a single picture in a comic strip
  14. computing
  15. 8[countable] one of the separate areas on an Internet page that you can scroll through (= read by using the mouse to move the text up or down)
  16. in garden
  17. 9[countable] = cold frame
  18. in bowling/pool
  19. 10[countable] a single section of play in the game of bowling or pool He won the first frame easily.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: frame