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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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FRAME, verb transitive [Latin armus, Eng. arm.]

1. To fit or prepare and unite several parts in a regular structure or entire thing; to fabricate by orderly construction and union of various parts; as, to frame a house or other building.

2. To fit one thing to another; to adjust; to make suitable.

3. To make; to compose; as, to frame a law.

For thou art framed of the firm truth of valor.

4. To regulate; to adjust; to shape; to conform; as, to frame our lives according to the rules of the gospel.

5. To form and digest by thought; as, to frame ideas in the mind.

How many excellent reasonings are framed in the mind of a man of wisdom and study in a length of years!

6. To contrive; to plan; to devise; as, to frame a project or design.

7. To invent; to fabricate, in a bad sense; as, to frame a story or lie.

FRAME, verb intransitive To contrive. Judges 12:6.

FRAME, noun

1. The timbers of an edifice fitted and joined in the form proposed, for the purpose of supporting the covering; as the frame of a house, barn, bridge or ship.

2. Any fabric or structure composed of parts united; as the frame of an ox or horse. So we say, the frame of the heavenly arch; the frame of the world.

3. Any kind of case or structure made for admitting, inclosing or supporting things; as the frame of a window, door, picture or looking glass.

4. Among printers, a stand to support the cases in which the types are distributed.

5. Among founders, a kind of ledge, inclosing a board, which being filled with wet sand, serves as a mold for castings.

6. A sort of loom on which linen, silk, etc. is stretched for quilting or embroidering.

7. Order; regularity; adjusted series or composition of parts. We say, a person is out of frame; the mind is not in a good frame

Your steady soul preserves her frame

8. Form; scheme; structure; constitution; system; as a frame of government.

9. Contrivance; projection.

John the bastard, whose spirits toil in frame of villainies.

10. Shape; form; proportion.