Definition of frame noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  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 aluminium window frames I'm going to paint the door frame white. See related entries: The art world, Art equipment
  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. Wordfinderart, background, canvas, exhibition, foreground, frame, fresco, painting, portrait, watercolour see also climbing frame See related entries: Construction, Structures
  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 film/movie
  11. 6[countable] one of the single photographs that a film or video is made of See related entries: Making films
  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 snooker/bowling
  19. 10[countable] a single section of play in the game of snooker, etc., or in bowling He won the first frame easily. See related entries: Pool and snooker
  20. Word OriginOld English framian ‘be useful’, of Germanic origin and related to from. The general sense in Middle English, ‘make ready for use’, probably led to senses (3 and 4) of the verb; it also gave rise to the specific meaning ‘prepare timber for use in building’, later ‘make the wooden parts (framework) of a building’, hence the noun sense ‘structure’ (late Middle English).Extra examples She has quite a small frame. a man with a lean, athletic frame pictures in gold frames a bicycle frameIdioms
      be in/out of the frame (for something) (British English)
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    1. 1be taking part/not taking part in something We won our match, so we're still in the frame for the championship.
    2. 2to be wanted/not wanted by the police He was always in the frame for the killing.
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