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frame of reference

  

      n  
1    a set of basic assumptions or standards that determines and sanctions behaviour  
2    any set of planes or curves, such as the three coordinate axes, used to locate or measure movement of a point in space  
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frame  
      n  
1    an open structure that gives shape and support to something, such as the transverse stiffening ribs of a ship's hull or an aircraft's fuselage or the skeletal beams and uprights of a building  
2    an enclosing case or border into which something is fitted  
the frame of a picture     
3    the system around which something is built up  
the frame of government     
4    the structure of the human body  
5    a condition; state (esp. in the phrase frame of mind)  
6   
a    one of a series of individual exposures on a strip of film used in making motion pictures  
b    an individual exposure on a film used in still photography  
c    an individual picture in a comic strip  
7   
a    a television picture scanned by one or more electron beams at a particular frequency  
b    the area of the picture so formed  
8      (Snooker, etc.)  
a    the wooden triangle used to set up the balls  
b    the balls when set up  
c    a single game finished when all the balls have been potted,   (U.S. and Canadian equivalent (for senses 8a, 8b))    rack  
9       short for       cold frame  
10    one of the sections of which a beehive is composed, esp. one designed to hold a honeycomb  
11    a machine or part of a machine over which yarn is stretched in the production of textiles  
12    (in language teaching, etc.) a syntactic construction with a gap in it, used for assigning words to syntactic classes by seeing which words may fill the gap  
13      (Statistics)   an enumeration of a population for the purposes of sampling, esp. as the basis of a stratified sample  
14    (in telecommunications, computers, etc.) one cycle of a regularly recurring number of pulses in a pulse train  
15    Slang      another word for       frame-up  
16    Obsolete   shape; form  
17    likely to be awarded or to achieve  
I'm in the frame for the top job     
      vb   mainly tr  
18    to construct by fitting parts together  
19    to draw up the plans or basic details for; outline  
to frame a policy     
20    to compose, contrive, or conceive  
to frame a reply     
21    to provide, support, or enclose with a frame  
to frame a picture     
22    to form (words) with the lips, esp. silently  
23    Slang   to conspire to incriminate (someone) on a false charge  
24    Slang   to contrive the dishonest outcome of (a contest, match, etc.); rig  
25    intr     (Yorkshire and northeastern English)  
dialect  
a    usually imperative or dependent imperative   to make an effort  
b    to have ability  
     (Old English framiae to avail; related to Old Frisian framia to carry out, Old Norse frama)  
  framable, frameable      adj  
  frameless      adj  
  framer      n  


A-frame  
      adj   (of a house) constructed with an A-shaped elevation  
climbing frame  
      n   a structure of wood or metal tubing used by children for climbing  
cold frame  
      n   an unheated wooden frame with a glass top, used to protect young plants from the cold  
Frame  
      n   Janet. born 1924, and New Zealand writer: author of the novels Owls Do Cry (1957) and Faces in the Water (1961), the collection of verse The Pocket (1967), and volumes of autobiography including An Angel at My Table (1984), which was made into a film in 1990  
frame aerial  
      n      another name for       loop aerial  
frame house  
      n   a house that has a timber framework and cladding  
frame line  
      n     (Films)   a black horizontal bar appearing between successive picture images  
frame of reference  
      n  
1    a set of basic assumptions or standards that determines and sanctions behaviour  
2    any set of planes or curves, such as the three coordinate axes, used to locate or measure movement of a point in space  
frame saw  
      n   a saw with a thin blade held in a specially shaped frame,   (Also called)    span saw  
frame-up  
      n  
Slang  
1    a conspiracy to incriminate someone on a false charge  
2    a plot to bring about a dishonest result, as in a contest  
freeze-frame  
      n  
1      (Films, television)   a single frame of a film repeated to give an effect like a still photograph  
2      (Video)   a single frame of a video recording viewed as a still by stopping the tape  
garden frame  
      n      another name for a       cold frame  
half frame  
      n  
a    a photograph taking up half the normal area of a frame on a particular film, taken esp. on 35-millimetre film  
b    (as modifier)  
a half-frame camera     
Oxford frame  
      n   a type of picture frame in which the sides of the frame cross each other and project outwards  
portal frame  
      n     (Civil engineering, building trades)   a frame, usually of steel, consisting of two uprights and a cross beam at the top: the simplest structural unit in a framed building or a doorway  
sampling frame  
      n     (Statistics)      See       frame       13  
still frame  
      n   continuous display of a single frame of a film or of a single picture from a television signal  
stocking frame  
      n   a type of knitting machine,   (Also called)    stocking loom, stocking machine  
stop-frame  
      adj     (Films)   of or relating to animated films involving models, puppets, etc., in which each frame is photographed individually  
stop-frame photography     
vacuum frame  
      n     (Printing)   a machine from which the air is extracted in order to obtain close contact between the surfaces of two materials, e.g. the film and plate during platemaking  

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frame

  

      vb  
1    assemble, build, constitute, construct, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, institute, invent, make, manufacture, model, mould, put together, set up  
2    block out, compose, conceive, concoct, contrive, cook up, devise, draft, draw up, form, formulate, hatch, map out, plan, shape, sketch  
3    case, enclose, mount, surround  
      n  
4    casing, construction, fabric, form, framework, scheme, shell, structure, system  
5    anatomy, body, build, carcass, morphology, physique, skeleton  
6    mount, mounting, setting  
7    frame of mind      attitude, disposition, fettle, humour, mood, outlook, spirit, state, temper  


frame-up     
fabrication, fit-up     (slang)   put-up job, trumped-up charge  

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n.
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.
n.
military aviation term: loss of visual reference during take-off or landing due to the sand or dust
n.
the preferred terminology used among the management hierarchy of a business establishment in reference to native ideas and common interests related to their particular field.
syn.: slang, jargon
n.
a piece of cloth draped around the head to frame the face, worn by women in the Middle Ages and still a part of the habit of some nuns

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