- technicalshort for frame of reference.the Earth’s motion relative to the frame of the distant galaxies
- 5another term for rack1 (sense 4 of the noun).
- 6short for frame-up.
Old English framian 'be useful', of Germanic origin and related to from. The general sense in Middle English, 'make ready for use', probably led to frame (sense 2 of the verb); it also gave rise to the specific meaning 'prepare timber for use in building', later 'make the wooden parts of a building', essentially the framework, hence the noun sense 'structure' (late Middle English)